Hundreds of dogs get their chips

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Around 500 dogs were micro chipped by North Lanarkshire Council’s animal welfare officers during a week-long series of events.

Along with UK vet charity PDSA, the council held five events, including one in Viewpark, offering free chipping and health checks.

The events were part of the council’s Enough’s Enough campaign to promote responsible pet ownership, including caring for animals, cleaning up dog fouling, and keeping dogs under control in public.

Councillor Helen McKenna, convener of environmental services, said: “Our partnership with PDSA offers practical help to dog owners across North Lanarkshire, including advice, information and tips on how to care for their pets.

“The events were very popular with hundreds of pet owners coming along to see our animal welfare officers and the PDSA vet nurse.

“One of the things our officers talked to owners about was the importance of cleaning up after their dogs.

“Fouling is a real health hazard, especially for young children, which is highlighted in our Enough’s Enough campaign - our message is clear, clean up after your dog or face a fine.”

PDSA vet nurse Jen Clarke added: “I was delighted to meet so many dedicated owners and their pets when I visited North Lanarkshire.

“The PetCheck tour is part of PDSA’s mission to improve pet welfare, helping every pet to have a happy and healthy life.”

If you missed the visits there is plenty of pet care advice at www.pdsa.org.uk, with more planned in November.

Micro chipping means dogs can be traced back to their owners if they get lost, and the service is available at a cost of £8.

To report dog fouling or book an animal to be micro chipped visit NLC or call Northline on 01698 403110.