Dogs Trust, The Gateshead Housing Company and Gateshead Council are holding a responsible dog ownership event offering free microchipping and health checks for dogs in Gateshead.
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 for local residents and their pooches is being held on Wednesday, 1 June, from 11am to 3pm, at The Salvation Army, Tennyson Court, Sunderland Road, Gateshead, NE8 3NN.
Experts from the PDSA will be on hand to give advice on local veterinary services, and Gateshead Council’s Dog Control Team will be helping local residents to be responsible dog owners, and advising on the penalties for failing to do this.
Vets will be offering free microchipping and chip checking, and health checking, there will be free poop scoop bags available, and supporting vet Blythman and Partners will be offering discounts on getting your pet neutered.
“Come along with your dog and let us help you keep your best friend safe, healthy and happy.”
For more information call 0191 433 2730 or email the Central housing office.
All dogs must be wearing a collar and lead and have a handler present who is over 18. Proof of address will also be required.
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.