Free dog micro-chipping

New legislation to be introduced from April 2012 will mean only micro-chipped dogs can be issued with a dog licence which in effect will make micro-chipping compulsory.

A micro-chip is a small electronic device that is implanted between the dog’s shoulder blades under the skin. A unique identification number is registered to the animal and the owner’s details are placed on a national database. Micro-chipping does not require an anaesthetic and the procedure should cause no more discomfort than a standard vaccination. It acts as a permanent means of identification and is the most effective way of getting your dog returned to you if it is lost or stolen.

With this in mind Moyle District Council, in conjunction with The Dogs Trust, are holding a series of micro-chipping sessions throughout the district from 13th February until 17th February 2012 as follows:

Monday 13th February

Waterford Car Park Cushendall 10.00am- 3.00pm

Tuesday 14th February

Play Area Car Park, Church Street Armoy 10.00am 12.00am

Mosside Community Centre 1.00pm -3.00pm

Wednesday 15th February

Car Park, Castlecat Road Opposite Hamill Terrace Bushmills 10.00am-3.00pm

Thursday 16th February

Quay Road Sports Complex 10.00am-3.00pm

Friday 17th February

Quay Road Sports Complex 10.00am-3.00pm

Dog owners are advised to attend any of the sessions where they will get their dogs micro-chipped free of charge.

Alternatively if you are unable to attend any of the road shows you can call at the Council Offices at Sheskburn House, Mary Street, Ballycastle on any Friday between 9am and 10am. Or you can call the Environmental Health Department on tel. 028 2076 2225 to make an appointment.

Free micro-chipping will also be available at local veterinary clinics when you have your dog booked in for any consultation with W P Mc Cullough, 158 Moycraig Road, Mosside and Seamus Mc Bride, 15 Ann Street, Ballycastle.

For more information please contact the Environmental Health Department 028 20762225.