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Cumbernauld dog owners urged to get canines chipped at free June event

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 22:39 GMT on Thursday, May 30th, 2013.

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DOG owners in Cumbernauld have been invited to be responsible and get their pooches chipped and health checked, at a number of events throughout North Lanarkshire, this summer. 

North Lanarkshire Council’s animal welfare officers will carry out the free chipping, alongside their PDSA partners.

When a dog is chipped a small microchip is placed under the dog's skin. The chipping is quick and painless and means the dog can be identified and returned to the owner if lost or found straying.

Meanwhile, at the same events, PDSA's PetCheck vehicle will see a Vet Nurse examine the weight, body-shape, teeth, eyes, coat and general fitness of canine visitors, and will also offer free expert advice about how to care for other pets. Nail clipping will be available at a low cost. For safety reasons only dogs can be brought along to the PetCheck vehicle.

The four events take place between 9.00am and 4.00pm on Monday 10 June, Wishaw Sports Centre, Alexander Street; Tuesday 11 June, Airdrie Leisure Centre, Motherwell Street; Wednesday 12 June, Townhead Community Centre, Mosspark Road, Coatbridge; and, Thursday 13 June, Wallbrae Community Rooms, Wallbrae Road, South Carbrain, Cumbernauld.

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"Owning a dog is a big responsibility and these events offer practical help and advice on taking care of your pet," Councillor Helen McKenna, Convener of the Environmental Services Committee commented.

"They also encourage owners to be responsible and clean up after their dog. Our Enough's Enough campaign shows that this council will not tolerate people letting their animals foul our streets. We're asking residents to report any irresponsible owners to us and we will take direct action to deal with the problem, including issuing £40 fixed penalty notices."

PDSA's PetCheck Tour is travelling the length and breadth of the country in response to PDSA's Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report, which found that over 10 million pets are missing out on key health and welfare requirements. In the vast majority of cases this isn't deliberate - owners love their pets but just don't always understand what they need to be healthy and happy, resulting in pets suffering unnecessarily.

PDSA Senior Veterinary Surgeon, Sean Wensley, added: "These figures highlight the importance of our PetCheck tour in helping owners to have a deeper understanding of their pet's health and welfare needs and how to meet them. Owners generally want the best for their pets, and by providing advice and support to owners PDSA aims to help owners to ensure their pets have happy, healthy lives."

To report dog fouling people can telephone the council's customer contact centre on 01698 403110 and dog owners can pick up free dog bags in First Stop Shops.

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