Redcar_and_Cleveland_Borough_CouncilREDCAR and Cleveland is taking the lead in promoting responsible dog ownership as the area continues to host pet community roadshows throughout 2016.

Dogs Trust, in partnership with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, has been delivering the roadshows throughout the borough which provide free microchipping, microchip checks, basic health checks, and free dog bags.

The next roadshow will be taking place on Monday 13 June at George Sickling Community Centre in Ormesby between 11am and 3pm.

The Trust will be highlighting to residents that compulsory microchipping became law in England, Wales and Scotland on Wednesday 6 April 2016. This means it is a legal requirement for owners to ensure their dog is microchipped and the details on the microchip are kept up to date.

The Trust is also contacting local vets before each roadshow for offers and deals in order to raise awareness around affordable pet healthcare available locally.

Council officers will be in attendance to promote the council’s dog warden service and its hard-hitting “Pick up the Poo” campaign which aims to tackle dog fouling in the borough.

Cllr Alec Brown, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council said:

“I am delighted the council has teamed up with Dogs Trust to help promote responsible dog ownership in Redcar and Cleveland.

“The roadshows have already done a fantastic job providing health checks and microchips to hundreds of dogs, keeping the pets in our borough safe and happy.

“We have also been using the roadshows to raise awareness of our dog fouling campaign, as we are determined to tackle the issue and keep our neighbourhoods clean for our residents and visitors.”

The community roadshows will be taking place throughout the year until October, and more information can be found at:www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/microchipping