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Discounted dog chipping offered to residents as new legislation approaches


The deadline is fast approaching for pet owners in Wigan Borough to make sure their dogs are microchipped.

New legislation will come into force on Wednesday 6th April when it will be compulsory for dogs to be microchipped and have up-to-date contact details.

Anyone who has a dog which is not microchipped or is incorrectly registered will be breaking the law and will be liable to be fined up to £500.

And to encourage owners to get their dogs chipped Leigh Dogs and Cats Home is offering a discounted rate of £5.00 to microchip any pet from now until Tuesday 5th April. Microchipping normally costs £12.50.

The home, on Graveoak Lane, Leigh, is open seven days a week from 9am-6pm for microchipping and Wigan Council is encouraging residents to take advantage of the offer.

Karl Battersby, director of economy and environment, said: “The vast majority of responsible dog owners already have their pets microchipped but it is now down to all owners to make sure their dog is chipped and if it’s not they are breaking the law.”

A spokesman for Leigh Cats and Dogs Home said: “It is very important that owners behave responsibly and get their dogs microchipped as soon as possible. It is equally important that the details on the microchip are up to date and kept up to date. If you are unsure if your dog is chipped or your details are correct please come bring your dog along to be scanned or telephone and we will help you as much as we can.”

Contact Leigh Cats and Dogs Home for more information on 01942 671215.

For information about the new legislation and frequently asked questions about microchipping you can visit www.dogstrust.org.uk


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