Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Free dog microchipping event comes to Thanet

Thanet District Council and Dogs Trust are teaming up to offer free dog microchipping for Thanet residents.
By April 2016, every dog owner in England will have to microchip their pet to help decrease the amount of stray animals on our streets. Owners who do not comply could face fines of up to £500.
The council is offering a chance for people to turn up and get their dogs microchipped on:
  • Wednesday 25th September, Dalby Square, Margate, 10am-4pm
  • Monday 21 October, Government Acre, Ramsgate, 10am-4pm
Currently, you can expect to pay £20-£30 to have your dog microchipped at the vet, but by coming along to one of our events, you can get your dog microchipped for free.
Dogs Trust has set aside a substantial investment to ensure that every owner can have their dog chipped as it has been researched that compulsory microchipping is the single most effective way to get a dog returned to its owner.
A microchip (technically called a Radio Frequency Identification Device or RFID) is a small electronic device, which is the size of a grain of rice. The microchip is coded with a unique number that can be read by a scanner that energises the microchip using a radio signal.
Defra have set the three year target to ensure that everyone involved (owners, breeders and enforcement agencies) understand what is expected of them and will be able to plan ahead.
Local authorities, the police, dog wardens and vets will all have scanners. Any dog that is found straying or reported for dangerous behaviour can then be traced back to the owner.  If the authorities come across a dog after 2016 that does not have a microchip the owner will be required to have it chipped urgently or face a fine.
Cllr Michelle Fenner said: “We are proud to be working together with Dogs Trust on these worthwhile events, which are free to Thanet residents.
“Helping to work towards the April 2016 deadline, is a step in the right direction that we hope people will comply with.
“This year, the council has picked up 115 strays so we are hoping that this number will decrease once more dogs are microchipped.
Thanet District Council’s dog wardens deal with the following:
  • Stray dogs and lost dogs
  • Noisy dogs
  • Dangerous dogs
  • Dog fouling and beach bans
Please contact your local enforcement officers on 01843 577000 or emailstreetscene.enforcement@thanet.gov.uk

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