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Police offer free dog-chipping service
A COMMUNITY police team has become one of the first in the country to offer a free dog chipping service to combat animal related crime and prevent dog nuisance.
Officers in South Moor, near Stanley, have been specially trained by vets at the charity ‘Stray aid’ to implant the microchip devices so that they can offer the service to people in the area.
Dog micro-chipping will become compulsory in April next year.
Sergeant Dave Clarke said: “Thefts of animals is a rare occurrence in the Derwentside area and we intend to keep it this way.
“By offering this enhanced service, we send out a message to animal thieves to leave the area alone.
“It is also a great way of ensuring lost dogs are reunited with their owners quickly and preventing the heartache that comes with losing a member of the family.”
There will be regular chipping sessions at Noel’s Ark pet shop on Park Road, South moor and officers will be attending local events with a mobile chipping van.
Sgt Clarke also offered to come to the home of any elderly people or people with seriously reduced mobility, who would struggle to get to one of the regular police community sessions.
He said: “This is a good way to get to see people who might not normally want to bother the police and make sure, over a cuppa, that they don’t have any concerns or worries.
“We can also give their house a quick home security check if they want one.”
For information on the next chipping sessions see the notice board of South Moor Police Station, log on to Stanley Neighbourhood Police Facebook Page or call 101.
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