Free microchipping for dogs at Caldecott Park

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Dogs can be microchipped free of charge at Rugby’s Caldecott Park later this month.

The borough council has joined forces with the Dogs Trust to offer dog owners the chance to have pooches chipped for free on August 28.

The event takes place at the park’s bandstand from 12 noon to 2pm, with advice and information also on offer from the RSPCA, Warwickshire Police’s dangerous dogs officer, and Rugby Pawprints, a welfare charity which rescues abandoned dogs and promotes responsible ownership.

Earlier this year the government announced plans to make it compulsory for dogs to be microchipped by April 2016.

And Bev Tedds, the council’s temporary dog warden, said the event at Caldecott Park was a perfect opportunity for owners to have dogs chipped for free ahead of the new legislation.

“More than 100,000 dogs are lost, stolen or abandoned in England every year,” Bev added.

“Microchipping is a simple solution which gives owners peace of mind and makes dogs easier to trace if lost or stolen.”

Cllr Dr Mark Williams, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for sustainable environment, said: “The council promotes responsible dog ownership, and a responsible owner should have their dog microchipped.

“This event’s a great chance to get it done for free, while picking up advice from the experts.”