Get Your Pet Chipped, Urges Council

Get it done free if you are council tenant or leaseholder

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June is National Microchipping Month, and Wandsworth residents are being urged to get their animals chipped.

The council's dog control team will come to your home and microchip your pet for free if you are a council tenant or leaseholder.

Other Wandsworth residents can take advantage of a specially-reduced rate of £10.

Wandsworth currently has a record of more than 5,000 dogs living in the borough, with an average of three dogs per week being microchipped since 2009.

The borough has also called for changes in legislation for the control of dangerous dogs, working alongside organisations like Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Dogs Trust, The Kennel Club and the RSPCA for many years to encourage responsible dog ownership.

It has been a condition of council tenancies and leases since 2009 that all dogs must be microchipped and registered with the council. In February the Government announced it would bring in compulsory microchipping for all dogs from April 2016.

As well as microchipping, Wandsworth has been piloting a free dog neutering scheme in partnership with the local RSPCA branch, which aims to prevent unwanted litters of puppies from certain dog breeds.

And earlier this year it welcomed newly-published legislation making it an offence for a dog to be dangerously out of control in any public or private place. This closed a loophole which has meant that dog owners whose animals have attacked people on private property are immune from prosecution.

For information on the work of the council's dog control officers, including how to get your dog microchipped, visit email or call (020) 8871 7606.

Meanwhile, concerns about the way a dog is being treated in Wandsworth can be reported in confidence to the council's Dog Control Service on (020) 8871 7606.

May 30, 2013