DOZENS of dog owners took advantage of a free microchipping event.

More than 30 pooches were fitted with chips, which makes them easily identifiable and deters dog theft.

The event was organised as part of Barnard Castle Town Council's Poop Scoop Swoop project, in partnership with the Dogs Trust, to encourage responsible dog ownership.

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Representatives of Durham County Council’s civic pride team were also present to promote their green dog walkers’ initiative.

This offers owners free bags for their dog's mess which are available from the town council office, mini golf kiosk, The with a, the county council's customer access point and Teesdale Leisure Centre.

From April 2016, all dogs will be required by law to have a microchip fitted or face a fine of up to £500.