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Don’t miss Dog Welfare Roadshow

Dog owners can get their beloved pets checked over and get them microchipped at a Dog Welfare Roadshow at Tanhouse Community Centre on Tuesday 25 April 2017.

West Lancashire Borough Council has organised the event and the authority’s environmental enforcement officers will be available between 11am and 6pm to advise on responsible dog onwership.

There will be free wellbeing checks for dogs from the PDSA, including nail clipping and ear cleaning from 11am to 6pm. Dogs Trust representatives will be offering free microchipping for dogs between 11am and 3pm, the PDSA will provide a microchipping service for a small fee of £10 between 3pm and 6pm.

The queue for the Dogs Trust microchipping service and welfare checks will close at an appropriate point to ensure that the last dog is seen at 3pm. The queue for the PDSA microchipping service will close at an appropriate point to ensure that the last dog is seen at 6pm.

New legislation came into force on 6 April 2016 which made it compulsory for dogs in England to be microchipped and for owners’ details to be kept up to date on the chip. Owners who fail to comply with the regulations can be fined up to £500.

As well as being a legal requirement, microchipping is a failsafe way to ensure if your pet is lost it can be re-united with you. Many vets and pet shops provide this at a small charge.

Dave Tilleray, West Lancashire Borough Council Director of Leisure and Wellbeing and head of the dog control team, said: “This is a great opportunity for dog owners to have their dogs microchipped and for the pet to have a free wellbeing check. These events are always very popular so make sure you arrive in plenty of time for your dog to be seen to avoid disappointment.”

Further information on responsible dog ownership can be found by visiting www.westlancs.gov.uk/dogs.

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