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Free event to keep Pendle dog owners within the law

Published: Friday, 18th August 2017

A news story about a free microchipping event and school pupil winners for designing posters

Dog Warden Laura Robinson.

Dog owners in Pendle are urged to stay within the law and to take good care of their pets.

Councillor David Whipp leads on Neighbourhood Services which includes the Council’s Dog Wardens.  He said:

“We’ve teamed up with the Dogs Trust for a series of free microchipping events across Pendle.

“Our free community events include a check your chip service, a basic health check including nail clipping and advice on keeping your dog healthy,” he explained.

The next events run from 11am – 3pm are take place on:

Tuesday 22nd August at Holt House Sports Pavilion, Harrison Drive, Colne, BB8 9SF

Monday 11 September at  Waterside Youth Hub, Dam Side, Colne BB8 0SR, near the Admiral Lord Rodney pub

Monday 9th October at Victoria Park Pavilion, Carr Road, Nelson BB9 7SS.

Councillor Whipp warned:

“Dog owners risk a £500 fine if their dogs aren’t chipped.”

The new law came into force last year.

Dog Warden Laura Robinson added:

“Microchipping a dog is a permanent way of identifying your pet if they get lost.

“A microchip is the size of a grain of rice under the dog’s skin and when a dog goes missing we can scan the microchip and get them home safely,” she said.

Dogs must be wearing a collar and 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 bring documentation along.

Laura added:

“Anyone wanting advice or information on dog issues from micro-chipping to dog fouling and stray dogs can visit our website  

Laura also gets the message across about dog fouling and has recently run a poster competition at St Michael and All Angels School, Foulridge.

Winning year six pupils, 11 year old Eve Blenkinsopp and Jack Nevison will see their designs displayed around the village where there has been a spate of complaints about dog fouling and a request for more signs from the Parish Council.

Laura said:  “I spoke to pupils about responsible dog ownership and the importance of cleaning up after your dog.