Free microchipping for the district’s dog owners

044-dogLocal dog owners will have the chance to microchip their dog for free this April.

In association with the Dogs Trust and Narborough Parish Council, Blaby District Council is hosting a free microchipping event at Narborough Park on Tuesday 8 April, 11am – 3pm.

The purpose of the event is to promote responsible dog ownership and provide a free microchipping service prior to the legislation change on 6 April 2016 when it will be a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped.

Blaby District Council’s senior dog warden Michelle Ikin will also be on hand to provide guidance on responsible dog ownership.

Councillor Guy Jackson, portfolio holder for Regulatory and Neighbourhood Services, said

“This event is a must for dog owners in the district, not only can they benefit from the free microchipping service, but also speak to experts about looking after their pets in a responsible manner.”

Around 160 strays are picked up each year by the local authority’s dog wardens and about half of these are left homeless.

Photos and descriptions of all the dogs are available at www.blaby.gov.uk/dogs

All animals are assessed, vaccinated, microchipped and neutered (where possible) and a fee of £105 is charged to cover these costs.

For more information visit www.blaby.gov.uk/dogs, email env.health@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7515.

For more information from the Dogs Trust visit www.chipmydog.org.uk or call 0207 834 0006.

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