Halton pet owners invited to get their dogs micro chipped free of charge (From Runcorn and Widnes World)
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Free micro chipping for Halton dogs
A DOG roadshow is being held to encourage Halton animal lovers to be responsible.
The PDSA, the UK's leading veterinary charity, will attend the event, offering free health checks for dogs, which will cover general fitness as well as key concerns such as obesity and dental disease.
Micro chipping, dog health checks and advice on neutering and responsible dog ownership will be available at Phoenix Park, Castlefields, Runcorn, on Wednesday, October 16, from 9am to 4pm.
Halton Council has teamed up with the Merseyside Dog Forum, the RSPCA and the Dogs Trust, to organise the event.
A Halton Council spokesman said: “The chip is about the size of a grain of rice. It is quickly implanted and carries a unique number that is recorded on a national database.
“Please note that a dog must be at least 12-weeks-old before it can be chipped. It must also to be accompanied by a responsible adult.
“The chip will help to re-unite you with your dog should it manage to get out. Dogs that have been micro-chipped and are found to be straying will, on the first occasion, be returned to their owner by the dog warden free of charge.”
If the owner cannot be contacted, the dog will be taken to kennels by a dog warden. All costs and kennelling fees will have to be paid in full before the dog can be reclaimed by the owner.
All dog health checks and micro-chipping are free. However, donations will be shared among the animal charities taking part.
For further details, call Halton Council on 0303 333 4300.
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