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Council teams up with charity to offer free microchipping

Dog microchipped
A dog being microchipped at an event

18 July 2016

Dog owners can get their pets microchipped for free at events this summer thanks to South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) and the Dogs Trust.

The council and the charity have teamed up to offer microchipping at four agricultural shows across the district. 

Anyone who owns a dog that has not been chipped can attend any of the events – it would normally cost £15-30 to get it done by a vet.

Events:

  • 27 July – North Lonsdale Show
  • 3 August – Cartmel Show
  • 9 August – Lunesdale Show
  • 8 September – Westmorland Show

All puppies (up to the ages of six months old) should be fully vaccinated before they can be microchipped and must be carried.

New regulations that came into effect in April require all dogs to be chipped by the time they are eight weeks old.

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 an enforcement notice. The keeper then has 21 days to comply with the regulations or face a fine up to £500.

SLDC portfolio holder for Environment, Councillor David Fletcher, said: “I welcome the initiative by SLDC and the Dogs Trust as it encourages residents to comply with the statutory duties required.

“It is also a great opportunity for residents to see their local show and have their dogs microchipped at the same time.”

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For more information, please contact the SLDC Communications Team on 01539 793300.
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