Chipping in to meet change in dog laws

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North Lincolnshire Council is working with the Dogs Trust to provide free dog micro-chipping sessions.

From April 2016, the law is changing and it will become compulsory for all dogs to be micro-chipped.

The free sessions will save Brigg area dog owners around £20 to £30, were they to get it done privately.

Micro-chipping is considered a successful way of reuniting owners with lost or stolen pets and it should also help relieve the pressure on animal charities, rehoming centres and local councils, and protect the welfare of dogs by promoting responsible dog ownership.

The Dogs Trust has donated the microchips and will ensure all dogs at each session get micro-chipped.

Free sessions have been organised throughout the year at various locations in North Lincolnshire and in Brigg this will be on Thursday 25 September in the pay and display car park in Old Courts Road.

“As North Lincolnshire Council’s dog warden service has been rated one of the best in the country, Dogs Trust is showing their support through this free micro-chipping scheme,” said Brigg’s Coun Nigel Sherwood.

“It’s so important that you do get down to one of these free sessions as soon as you can because April 2016 will soon be before us. Not only will it save you money, it enables your pet to be traced back to you if it should ever be lost or stolen, which saves a lot of heartache in the long run.

“All you need to do is turn up to one of the sessions; there is no need to book. A ticket system will be in place, so that everyone who has a ticket will get their dog micro-chipped. It’s such a fantastic opportunity so take complete advantage of it.”