HEALTH roadshows for dogs will be taking place over the next few months following last year’s successful run of events.

These will be delivered by Dogs Trust, in partnership with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and Coast & Country Housing, to provide free microchipping, microchip checks, basic health checks and free dog bags.

The first of this year’s roadshows will be taking place on Tuesday 7 March, 11am to 3pm at Grangetown Youth and Community Centre.

Last year, more than 650 dogs were microchipped, and more than 780 dogs received health checks.

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.

Councillor Alec Brown, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, said: “Last year’s roadshows were a huge success. We had hundreds of dogs health checked and microchipped, and we are delighted to be working with the Dogs Trust again.

“We have organised these events to promote responsible dog and puppy ownership, and to give advice to owners on how they can ensure the health and wellbeing of their pets.

“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.”

Iain Sim, chief executive of Coast & Country, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for local people to protect their dogs by getting them microchipped and to check on their health at the same time. It is great that Dogs Trust has brought its Health Roadshow to Grangetown, the promotion of responsible dog ownership is an important part of building sustainable communities and has genuine benefits for pets and their owners.”

More roadshows are set to take place over the next few months, which will be advertised on the council’s website and social media pages.