Free dog micro chipping and health checks on way to the Isle

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Dog owners can now take advantage of free health checks, neutering and micro-chipping for their pets.

Although sessions for the above are limited to certain areas initially, North Lincolnshire Council is working with the Dogs Trust to continue free micro-chipping sessions with health checks in the Isle.

This will include one on June 11 at the pay and display car park on Church Street in Epworth from 11am to 3pm.

On August 6 one will take place at Central Park car park, Scunthorpe from 11am to 3pm

Nearly 1,334 dogs were micro-chipped last year thanks to the partnership working with Dogs Trust in North Lincolnshire.

It becomes compulsory for all dogs to be micro-chipped from April 2016.

Getting your dog micro-chipped gives you the assurance that should your pet be stolen they are more likely to be returned to you safe and sound. The best way to ensure your dog is returned to you should it stray is by collar and ID tag inscribed with your name and number.

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.

Dogs should be at least 12 weeks old and have had all of their vaccinations when they get micro-chipped.

Coun Nigel Sherwood, cabinet member for Highways and Neighbourhood, said: “It is great that we are able to continue our partnership working with Dogs Trust to offer free micro-chipping for dogs in North Lincolnshire – saving their owners up to £30. As well as the micro-chipping, Dogs Trust is offering free health checks and neutering. This is a fantastic offer as owners would normally have to pay for these services.

“If you haven’t had your dog micro-chipped already, pop down to one of the sessions. It will save you money and ensure that your dog is chipped before it becomes compulsory.

“It’s important that you get your dog chipped – it can save a lot of heartache and enables your pet to be traced back to you should it be stolen. A collar and tag is still law and you must have an up-to-date ID tag with the dog owners contact details. This allows anyone finding a stray dog to contact the owner and reunite them.”