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Cornwall Council and Dogs Trust offer free dog microchipping events in Cornwall this August

Cornwall Council’s dog welfare campaign culminates this month with a series of free dog microchipping events to be held in partnership with the Dogs Trust. 

The Dogs Trust is providing a team of roaming vet nurses who will microchip dogs free of charge in preparation for a change in law for 2016 when it will be compulsory for all dog owners in England to have their dog microchipped.

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The events will be held at

The recreation field at Hayle - TR27 4ED;  29 August   9.30am - 12.30pm

Redruth Community Centre, Strawberry Lane, Redruth TR14 1HH;  29 August   1.30pm - 4.30pm

Berryfields Community Centre, Bodmin - PL31 2EV;  30 August   9.30am - 12.30pm

Kinsmans Community Centre, Bodmin - PL31 1PQ;  30 August   1.30pm - 4.30pm

The free microchipping events are the latest strand in the Council’s campaign to raise awareness of dog welfare issues.  Earlier this year,  children aged 4 to 11 from schools in Cornwall made a film called Another Fine Mess in which they explain, as only children can, their experiences and what they think about those who let their dog foul and not clean up after it.

The film has had over 1,000 hits on You Tube and has been shown by the Council's Dog Wardens at schools throughout Cornwall to raise awareness of the issue with children and, through them, their parents.  A short clip from the film was also shown in cinemas across Cornwall during May and June 2013 with a potential audience of 45,000 - 50,000.

Hard hitting posters asking dog owners to ‘scoop the poop’ have also being distributed to vet surgeries and pet food suppliers.

Cornwall Council is increasing the number of people in our communities who are able to address these anti-social behaviour issues by encouraging others to take on a proactive role in tackling the issue of dog fouling. The Council's Public Health and Protection service is the only Local Authority Department in the country to be approved by DEFRA to provide training to other officers, internal and external, to issue fixed penalty notices for dog fouling and littering offences. The Council has set up a programme of engaging with local town and parish council’s in Cornwall to authorise and approve their employees to issue Fixed Penalty Notices.

Cornwall Council Head of Public Health and Protection Allan Hampshire says:  “This will increase the number of people in our communities who are able to address these anti-social behaviour issues.  We are also in the process of training employees of our waste contractor Cory to undertake a similar role, as well as PCSO’s and Police Officers.  But what we really want is for dog owners themselves to be responsible for their pets and their actions to help maintain the environment and also reduce the risks of diseases associated with dog poo. We need dog owners to be responsible for their pets and this latest drive to get dogs microchipped will give owners the reassurance that should their pet become lost or be stolen, he or she is more likely to be returned to them safe and sound.

Local authorities, the police and vets will all have scanners so that any dog that is found straying or reported for dangerous behaviour can then be traced back to the owner.  If the authorities come across a dog after 2016 that does not have a microchip, the owner will be required to have it chipped urgently or face a fine.”

Lee Paris from the Dogs Trust says: “Dogs Trust is delighted to be working with Cornwall Council on a microchipping campaign and is urging dog owners to take advantage of the offer. The issue of stray dogs continues to be a problem across the country and in many cases dogs can be easily reunited with their owners if they were microchipped. While at Dogs Trust we never put a healthy dog to sleep, our rehoming centres are very stretched so we constantly need to reach out to dog owners to help them get their dogs microchipped and neutered to help prevent the scores of stray and unwanted dogs we take in every year. In order to try and reduce any problems and any preventable separations Dogs Trust stresses the importance of also keeping the microchipping details up to date.”

Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities Geoff Brown says: ““Most dog owners are very responsible and I welcome this scheme which reminds all dog owners of their role in preventing dog fouling and ensuring community safety. It will also enable dogs to be easily identified and enhance the animal’s well being.”

 

Story posted 27 August 2013

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