Free, local dog chipping sessions before law changes

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Edinburgh takes the lead on commercial dog walking in city parks, New Park management rules which see professional dog walkers required to register with the council for the first time.
Photographer-Ian Georgeson-07921 567360 Edinburgh takes the lead on commercial dog walking in city parks, New Park management rules which see professional dog walkers required to register with the council for the first time.

It will soon be the law to microchip your dog - and you can still get your pet registered for free at a number of local chipping sessions.

Kirklees Council’s dog wardens are able to fit chips to ensure that owners meet the new legal requirements by the cut-off date of April 6.

A microchip means the dog’s address and owner’s details are recorded on a national database for vets and other authorities to check when a pet goes missing or is stolen.

To attend a session at popular dog-walking spots in Birstall, Dewsbury or Earlsheaton, a dog must be over 12 weeks old. The chip will be inserted under the scruff of their neck and is about the size of a grain of rice.

Owners of dogs found without a chip could face prosecution and a £500 fine once the new rules come into force in the spring.

Wardens will be available at Oakwell Hall Visitor Centre on Friday February 26 from 9am-1pm, Crow Nest Park’s Parklife Lodge in Dewsbury on Tuesday March 8 from 10am-3pm, and Earlsheaton Park on Tuesday April 5 from 10am-2pm.

Dog microchipping normally costs up to £30 but the service is being provided free of charge thanks to funding from the Dogs’ Trust charity.