Pets micro-chipped ahead of change in law

Little puppy Matilda is dog-chipped. From left: Dog owner Tracy Kelly, PCSO Linda Stackhouse, Wyre Council area officer (Fleetwood) Robert Swales and Wyre Council area officer (Fleetwood) Gary Russell.
Little puppy Matilda is dog-chipped. From left: Dog owner Tracy Kelly, PCSO Linda Stackhouse, Wyre Council area officer (Fleetwood) Robert Swales and Wyre Council area officer (Fleetwood) Gary Russell.

It’s a worrying time if your dog runs off and gets lost – and it can be expensive if it ends up in council kennels while you’re trying to track it down.

To help with this eventuality, a free dog-chipping event was held on Fleetwood’s West View estate.

The event was also aimed at encouraging more responsibility from some dog owners regarding the disposal of dog mess.

The session was organised by housing group Regenda and saw police and Wyre Council officers on hand to carry out the dog-chipping at West Community Centre, on Eden Avenue.

PCSO Linda Stackkhouse, a dog lover herself, has been helping with dog-chipping sessions for several years.

She said: “It was a very busy session, we had 56 dogs down here, which is a fair number.

“Most of them were new cases but we also had 22 detail updates for existing chips.

“The basic message is that the microchips carry details about your dog which can help identify it if it gets lost, and return the dog to its owner as quickly as possible.”

Robert Swales, a Wyre Council area officer for Fleetwood, said: “On just the first day in kennels, it will cost the owner £96.

“The second day that will rise to over £100 and before you know it, there’s a fairly hefty bill building up.

“So it really does make sense to get your dog chipped.”

Free dog mess bags were also given out and 30 people also bought ID tags for dog collars.

It is currently mandatory for dogs to carry name tags and from next year it will also be compulsory for owners to get their animals microchipped too.

On West View estate, issues around dogs were highlighted by residents as the main problems which needed addressing during a survey last year.