Free dog chipping in Isle was a great success

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North Licnolnshire Council’s free dog chipping sessions held this week for the first time, were a huge success. Over 260 dogs were micro-chipped at various locations over two days - saving owners between £25 and £30.

The initiative was so popular that people had to be turned away due to high demand.

When asked where people saw the sessions advertised, around 80 per cent said Facebook, 10 per cent said Twitter, with the rest by word of mouth.

Breakdown of chipping:

Tuesday - 25 Epworth, 28 Crowle, 50 Scunthorpe

Thursday - 74 Ashby, 41 Barton, 47 Brigg

The smallest dog was a Chihuahua and the biggest dog was a Great Dane.

Councillor Nigel Sherwood, cabinet member for highways and neighbourhoods at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “There was huge demand for the free dog-chipping, so much so that we had to turn some people away. We advertised the sessions mainly on Facebook and received a fantastic response - saving dog owners around £25 to £30 a time.

“It is important to get your pets micro-chipped as it can save a lot of heartache when they go goes missing, by making it much easier to reunite pets with their owners.

“A huge thank you to the Dogs Trust for kindly donating the micro-chips, guns and paperwork. Thanks also to those who attended the sessions and apologies to those we had to turn away. We are hoping to run more sessions. If we do, we will let people know through Facebook.”