Pet roadshow offers free dog microchipping in Rugby ahead of new laws coming in

The microchip, containing a unique number, is implanted under the dog's skin
The microchip, containing a unique number, is implanted under the dog's skin

Dogs can be microchipped for free later this month when the council’s pet roadshow rolls into Rugby.

The roadshow visits a number of locations across the borough in August, with staff from the RSPCA on hand to give advice and information about pet care, and veterinary nurses offering free health checks.

Dogs can also be microchipped for free at the roadshow, ahead of the introduction of a new law next year which makes it compulsory for dogs to be chipped.

From April 6, dog owners who fail to have dogs microchipped face a fine of up to £500.

The pet roadshow visits the following locations from 12 noon to 3pm:

> Featherbed Lane Recreation Ground, Hillmorton - Monday August 17

> Round Avenue/Boyce Way, Long Lawford - Tuesday August 18

> Hollowell Way/Grizedale, Brownsover - Wednesday August 19

> Buchanan Road, Overslade - Thursday August 20

> Yates Avenue, Newbold - Friday August 21

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

“More than 100,000 dogs are lost, stolen or abandoned in England every year and microchipping is a simple solution which gives owners peace of mind and makes dogs easier to trace if lost or stolen.

“Our pet roadshows offer a great opportunity to get dogs chipped for free while picking up advice from the experts.”