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Free dog microchipping in South Lakeland

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Dog owners can get their pets microchipped for free at events this summer thanks to South Lakeland District Council and the Dogs Trust.

The council and charity have teamed up to offer microchipping at four agricultural shows across the district.

South Lakeland District Council say anyone who owns a dog that has not been chipped can attend any of the events – it would normally cost £15-30 to get it done by a vet.

Chipping is available at:

  • 27 July – North Lonsdale Show
  • 3 August – Cartmel Show
  • 9 August – Lunesdale Show
  • 8 September – Westmorland Show

“I welcome the initiative by SLDC and the Dogs Trust as it encourages residents to comply with the statutory duties required.

“It is also a great opportunity for residents to see their local show and have their dogs microchipped at the same time.”

– Cllr David Fletcher, South Lakeland District Council

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Reunited dog 'highlights need for microchip'

Sid the dog, who was found on Scafell Credit: SSPCA

A charity that took in a dog found on England's highest peak say the case highlights the need for microchipping.

The Scottish SPCA had to appeal for the dog's owner to come forward after he was discovered on Scafell Pike, because he was not microchipped.

A week later and the dog has now returned home, after spending time at an animal welfare and rehoming centre in Glasgow.

Centre assistant manager Katrina Cavanagh said:

Unfortunately, Sid wasn’t microchipped so we couldn’t contact his owner directly. Thankfully, he came forward following our appeal and arranged for Sid to be collected as he wasn’t able to travel to Glasgow.

The owner is a local sheep farmer and Sid is one of his working dogs. He believes Sid took off after a bitch in season and had been looking for him. While he was surprised when he found out Sid was in Scotland, he was also very relieved he was safe.

Sid was delighted to see Jason, who works with his owner, and leapt into his van ready to go home, happy for his adventure to be over. He’s a lovely dog and we wouldn’t have had any trouble finding him a home if we’d needed to as we had lots of offers.

This is another example of why it’s important for pets to be microchipped.”

– Katrina Cavanagh, SSPCA

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Why it's a dog's life in the Borders

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Scottish Borders Council has teamed up with two charities to offer six free microchipping events for dogs in the Scottish Borders.

The events have been organised ahead of the Scottish Government's plans to introduce compulsory microchipping in April 2016.

Two of them are being held with Dogs Trust on the following dates and at the following venues:

  • Friday 24 April, Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick (10am to 2pm)
  • Friday 15 May, Linkim Court, Eyemouth (10am to 2pm).

Four further events are being held in conjunction with the charity PDSA, and a free wellbeing check from the veterinary charity will also be included.

  • Tuesday 26 May, Duns Square (9.30am to 4.30pm)
  • Wednesday 27 May, Kingsmeadow Road Car Park Peebles (9.30am to 4.30pm)
  • Thursday 28 May, Public Park, Galashiels (9.30am to 4.30pm)
  • Friday 29 May, Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick (9.30am to 4.30pm).

Scottish Borders council hopes the events, which will work on a first come first serve basis, will help owners comply with the new legislation.

It is estimated that 10,000 dogs across the UK were reunited with their owners due to microchipping last year and these free sessions are ideal for owners to comply with the new legislation, which begins in 12 months.

“I would also encourage owners to take up the opportunity to get a free wellbeing check for their pet at one of the events with the PDSA in May.”

– Kayleigh Collins, SBC’s Dog Control Officer