Microchipping event for dogs in Halifax

Dog owners are being urged to get their pets microchipped.
Dog owners are being urged to get their pets microchipped.

Pets at Home in Halifax is holding a series of microchipping events over the coming months, after the Government made it compulsory for all dogs in England and Wales to be microchipped by April 2016.

To help pet owners comply with the new legalisation, Pets at Home is running a microchipping event this weekend where the service costs £10, compared to £15 the rest of the year.

The first weekend in February saw more than 8,000 dogs microchipped across Pets at Home’s 340 stores over just two days.

Store manager Stuart Hartley said: “Since the Government made its announcement we have seen an increase of pet owners seeking advice on microchipping and enquiring about the service.

“I think most dog owners welcome the new legalisation, recognising the importance of microchipping in improving responsible dog ownership.

“Not only will the new law give pet owners the security of knowing they can trace their dogs should they ever go missing, it will also make it easier for police to tackle issues with dangerous dogs and negligent owners.

“Microchipping is a simple, relatively painless and essential procedure for ensuring the welfare of your pet. It’s a fool-proof method of keeping your pet safe.”

The chip is roughly the size of a grain of rice, fits under the dog’s skin and contains information about its owner, making it easier for both to be reunited should they become separated for whatever reason.

For more information on microchipping go to www.petsathome.com.