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Free microchips before new dog laws


Wednesday July 10th 2013

Free microchipping for dogs from July 22-26 is available prior to new legislation requiring the tagging of all dogs in England using the technology.

The service, along with name tag engraving, is offered by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

All dogs have to be microchipped by April 2016. The charity reckons that the problem of strays will go down if dogs can be identified but at the moment more than 65% of those coming to Battersea are not microchipped.

The service will be running from 11am to 4pm on each day. On the first day, the team will visit Mulgrave Primary School, Rectory Place, Woolwich; the next day it's Horn Park Community Centre, in Sibthorpe Road; and the day after that the visit is to Orchard Estate, Russet Way, by Egremont House.

Glyndon Community Centre, on Raglan Road, Plumstead, is the destination on July 25 and the last day sees the team dropping in at Meridian Estate, by Macey House, Thames Street.

It takes the stress of losing a dog before many owners appreciate the importance of microchipping, said Battersea's community engagement officer Lisa Bunce.

"I would urge all owners in Greenwich to take the time to visit us and get it done," she said.

Copyright Press Association 2013

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