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

Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

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