Dogs Trust, The Gateshead Housing Company and Gateshead Council held a responsible dog ownership event offering local pooches free microchipping and health checks.
The law has recently changed, and owners now must have their pet microchipped to enable dogs to be traced and to deter thefts.
The event, held at The Salvation Army on Sunderland Road, was a big success, with lots of local residents bringing along their four-legged friends.
Experts from the PDSA were on hand to give advice on local veterinary services, and Gateshead Council’s Dog Control Team gave “pointers” on how to be responsible dog owners, and advised on the penalties for failing to do so.
Vets performed free microchipping, chip checking and health checks. Attendees were offered free goodies including poop scoop bags – and supporting vet Blythman and Partners offered discounts on getting your pet neutered.
“I’m thrilled that we could help our residents keep their canine friends safe, healthy and happy.”
Want to know more?
If you need help to get your dog microchipped, visit the Dogs Trust website.
What are the benefits of microchipping?
- All puppies are traceable to their breeder thereby helping reduce the problem of puppy farming and lessening the incidence of infectious disease and inherited defects from which many of these dogs suffer
- Deterrent to dog theft
- Allows for rapid return, meaning that local authorities are able to emphasise to the dog owners concerned that straying is not acceptable, the intention being that this education will lessen the likelihood of a dog straying again and reinforce the responsibilities of the owners under the Animal Welfare Act 2006
- Easier identification and subsequent arrests of owners culpable of animal cruelty
- Enables veterinary surgeons to contact dog owners for emergency procedures
- Allows identification of dogs in properties in emergency situations so that dogs and owners can be moved and reunited more quickly.
The legal obligations:
From 6 April 2016 all dogs are required to have a microchip.
Owners of dogs found by the police or local authorities not to have a microchip will have the benefits explained to them and be given a short period to comply with the microchipping law.
If they do not, they will face a fine of up to £500.
Photo: Darren Edwards from Felling with dog Max.