Dog owners can get their pets microchipped for free thanks to South Lakeland District Council and the Dogs Trust.
The council and the charity have teamed up to hold events across the district to raise awareness of new regulations requiring all dogs to be chipped by 6 April 2016.
Anyone who owns a dog that has not been chipped is welcome to attend any of the events – it would normally cost £15-30 to get it done by a vet.
Dates of events:
- Thursday 18 June at Abbot Hall Park, Kendal 10am to 2pm
- Thursday 9 July at Berners Close car park, Grange over Sands 10am to 2pm
- Wednesday 29 July at North Lonsdale Show, Ulverston all day
- Thursday 10 September at County Show, Crooklands all day
The microchips will be implanted by trained staff from either Milnthorpe Kennels and Cattery or the Dogs Trust.
The procedure involves injecting a tiny microchip into the scruff of the dog’s neck. Each has a unique code which is entered into a national database linked to the owner’s details. Any dog found straying can be scanned and returned to the owner.
The new regulations form part of SLDC’s stray dog enforcement policy, approved by Cabinet last week (Wednesday 27 May).
After next April when the Microchipping of Dogs (England Regulations 2015) comes into force any dog the council handles will be scanned and if it is not microchipped or the keeper’s details are not up to date, they will be served with a Notice. The keeper then has 21 days to comply with the regulations or face a fine up to £500.
The stray dog enforcement policy sets out the service SLDC provides in relation to stray dogs.