Pendle Council is reminding dog owners who haven’t yet microchipped their pet that they’re at risk of a £500 fine.
The law changed in April which means all dogs must be microchipped and owners need to ensure their details are kept up to date.
And help is at hand because Pendle Council has teamed up with the Dogs Trust to run another responsible dog ownership event.
As well as free microchipping and advice on how to update chip details, there will be general information about caring for dogs.
The next Pendle session is on Monday from 11am – 3pm at Holt House Playing Fields, Colne.
Coun. Nadeem Ahmed, who has responsibility for communities, parks and recreation, urged: “Please come along if you haven’t had your pet microchipped yet or if you’d like to check your chip service.
“Two thirds of the dogs we picked up in the last six months weren’t chipped which makes it very difficult for us to reunite much loved pets with their owners.”
All dogs attending the session must be wearing a collar, be on a lead and with someone who is 18 years or over. Any puppies up to the age of six months must be fully vaccinated and carried and the Dogs’ Trust will need proof of address.
The Dogs Trust may ask for proof of vaccination, too, so dog owners must take documentation along.
More information on dog chipping is available at www.chipmydog.org.uk