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Dog chipping workshops branded "great success"
5:00pm Sunday 24th June 2012 in Devon
A SERIES of dog microchipping workshops have been hailed a success by Mid Devon District Council after over 80 dogs were chipped in two sessions.
The council, working with Blue Cross, has run a series of microchipping days this month, and at the first two events 86 dogs were chipped.
Another event is due to take place on this Sunday at Cullompton town fayre and dog show from 2pm to 3.30pm.
Dog warden Linda Hearn said: “The recent microchipping events were a great success and we’d urge any owner whose dog isn’t chipped to take advantage of this reduced price.
“It’s a legal requirement that a dog in a public place should wear a collar and tag bearing the owner’s contact details.
“If a dog goes missing and the owner’s details are on the tag, the finder can contact the owner direct, reducing the amount of time the dog is lost and eliminating any kennel or stray dog fees.
“However, collars or tags can come off, but a microchip lasts a lifetime.”
Once a dog is chipped the pet and its owner’s details are kept on Petlog, the central microchip reunification database.
When a lost dog is found, a vet, animal warden or animal welfare organisation can use a scanner to identify the animal’s unique microchip number.
Petlog will then be contacted and the owner’s details confirmed so the pet and owner can be reunited.
If the owner’s details change, a one-off payment of £10 (reduced to £7.50 this month) is charged.
Any future amendments are free.