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Bid to reduce number of stray dogs in Berwick area

Four Housing teamed up with Dogs Trust for a microchipping event at the Swan Centre to reduce the number of stray dogs in Berwick.

Four Housing teamed up with Dogs Trust for a microchipping event at the Swan Centre to reduce the number of stray dogs in Berwick.

More than one hundred dogs including Labradors, Spaniels and Chihuahuas, to name just a few, attended a free microchipping and health check event organised by Four Housing at the Swan Centre for Leisure, Tweedmouth.

The not-for-profit housing provider teamed up with the largest dog welfare charity in the UK, Dogs Trust, to offer the service, which was aimed at reducing the number of stray dogs in the community.

Over one hundred families attended with 114 dogs from Four Housing’s properties in Berwick, Seahouses, Bamburgh, Milfield, Wooler, Belford and Cornhill. Seventy dogs were microchipped, while the others received free health checks.

From the 6th April 2016, all dog owners in England will have to microchip their animal under plans intended to cut a rise in strays. In the North East, over 16,400 stray dogs were reported between April 2012 to March 2013, with less than half (7,656) reunited with their owners.

Bernie Hogg, operations manager at Four Housing said: “We were delighted to see so many of our customers at the event. It is great news for the welfare of dogs in our community – 70 of the 114 dogs were without a microchip before attending.”

For more information please contact Four Housing on 0300 00 44 444.

 

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