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Scores of dogs chipped at free session ahead of tagging law change

Dog's Trust Dog Microchipping event at Lukes Lane Community Centre - Dog's Trusts David Kelly, Coun Alan Kerr, Stephanie and Riley Adams with dog Harley.
Dog's Trust Dog Microchipping event at Lukes Lane Community Centre - Dog's Trusts David Kelly, Coun Alan Kerr, Stephanie and Riley Adams with dog Harley.

Scores of dogs were microchipped at a free session in South Tyneside.

Almost 80 pooches were microchipped at the event held at Lukes Lane Community Centre in Hebburn, ahead of changes in the law which mean it will be compulsory for all dogs to be tagged by April 2016.

A microchip is a small electronic implant, which is coded with a unique number, which can help to reunite owners with their dogs if they are lost or stolen.

A further 20 dogs had their existing microchips checked and their health was given the once over.

The event was a partnership between South Tyneside Council, South Tyneside Homes and the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust and forms part of a borough-wide campaign to promote responsible dog ownership and tackle dog fouling across South Tyneside.

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety, at South Tyneside Council, said: “We were delighted that so many people took the opportunity to have their dogs microchipped at this free event.

“Microchipping a great method for protecting dogs. It helps to return lost or stray dogs to their rightful owners quickly making it less stressful for the dog and owner, as well as discouraging dog theft.

“Responsible dog ownership is an important part of the council’s priorities in ensuring a clean and safe environment in South Tyneside.,”

Owners also received packs, which include information leaflets on issues such as neutering, good dog behaviour, how to be safe around dogs and owner responsibilities.