Tamworth Borough Council officers, working with the Dog’s Trust and Noah’s Ark, are holding two events in the town centre where dog owners can take get their pets microchipped for just £5.
The events are taking place on Thursday April 14 from 11am to 4pm in St Editha’s Square and on Saturday April 23 from 10am to 4pm at the former Peel Café in Market Street.
Trained staff from Noah’s Ark Environmental Services will be carrying out the microchipping, as well as offering advice on responsible dog ownership, along with staff from Tamworth Borough Council.
The UK’s largest dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust, will be bringing its mobile rehoming unit to the event on April 14 and will have information on the many services the charity offers.
Those attending this session will also receive Dogs Trust responsible dog ownership packs.
The programme of events forms part of a campaign to promote responsible dog ownership and tackle dog fouling across Tamworth in light of changes in the law, which will mean that from April 6, it will be compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped and registered on an approved database.
Dog owners attending the microchipping events will also be able to talk to officers about the new legislation, as well as getting information and advice about good dog behaviour and owner responsibilities such as dog fouling.
Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Communities and Public Health, said, “We are inviting dog owners to come along and get their pets microchipped ahead of the new law coming into force. Owners can also get advice and information about being a responsible dog owner.
“Responsible dog ownership is an important part of the Council’s priorities in ensuring a clean and safe environment in Tamworth and we would encourage dog owners to come along to one of these events. Microchipping is a great method for protecting dogs. It helps to return lost or stray dogs to their rightful owners quickly making it less stressful for the dog and owner, as well as helping to discourage dog theft.”
After the new law comes into force on April 6, all dogs aged eight weeks and older will need to have a microchip implanted under their skin. A microchip is a small electronic implant coded with a unique number, which is logged on a national database and can help to reunite owners with their dogs if they are lost or stolen.
From April, if a dog is found which is not fitted with a microchip, the owners, if they can be identified, will be given a short time to comply with the law. If they do not, they could be fined up to £500 on conviction.
Dogs without microchips can also be confiscated by a dog warden. Details of ownership of dogs will also be held on a central database.
The new law, which will be enforced by Tamworth Borough Council, will make it easier to reunite straying pets with their owners, as well as identifying dogs, which attack people or other animals. It is also hoped that it will encourage more responsible dog ownership.
Currently, 52% of all stray dogs cannot be returned home as their owners cannot be indentified.