A FREE micro-chipping event to help reunite stray dogs with their owners saw a great response.
The event was one of several similar days organised in Fleetwood in an effort to protect animals from becoming lost and kennelled because their owners could not be traced.
The town’s neighbourhood police and Wyre Borough Council were on hand to microchip pets at St David’s Church hall.
Tina Hinchliffe, area officer for Wyre Council which now controls animal welfare in Wyre, said: “Throughout the day we chipped 144 dogs which is a great turnout.
“We cannot stress enough how important it is to get your dog microchipped.
“It makes it so much easier to reunite owner and pet if it goes missing for any reason.”
The authorities, with backing from a number of local organisations and charities, have held a number of awareness days and community events following an increase in the number of complaints relating to stray animals and dogs fighting. Fleetwood police have reported that some dogs taken to local kennels are not reclaimed.
But if they are microchipped and the dog becomes lost, the chip contains all contact details to enable the dog’s safe return home.
PCSO Linda Stackhouse said: “Some families struggle to pay for the upkeep of their pets and so let them wander the streets, which causes problems for other residents.
“The problem appears to be on the increase so we have worked with local councillors, businesses and charities to find a solution.
“By offering free microchipping we can encourage residents to be more responsible when it comes to looking after their pets.
“We plan to hold more events in the future so we can continue to tackle the issue and reduce the number of strays and unwanted puppies that end up being taken to kennels.”