Dog owners from Whitehill & Bordon can get their pets micro-chipped for free at an event run by East Hampshire District Council.

New laws say all dogs over the age of eight weeks need to be micro-chipped by Wednesday 6 April 2016.

East Hampshire District Council’s Animal Welfare service is offering dog owners the chance to have the procedure done for free. They will be at the Phoenix Centre on Station Road, on Tuesday 9 February, between 10am-1pm.

A similar event held in Alton during January saw 40 dogs micro-chipped for free.

Natasha Watson, EHDC Animal Welfare Officer, said: “There is a clearly a huge demand for this service as we had a queue of dogs and their owners out of the door in Alton!

“Micro-chipping is all part of caring for your dog responsibly and will also soon be a legal requirement. Micro-chipped animals are much easier to identify and have a much better chance of being returned to their rightful owner if they are ever lost.”

Micro-chipping sees a tiny computer chip implanted into the dog. The process takes seconds and the animal feels no discomfort or ill effects.

The chip, which is encased in a strong bio-compatible glass and small enough to fit into a hypodermic needle, has a unique identification number programmed into it.

The ID number can be read with a special scanner and will identify your pet throughout its life. This identification cannot be lost, altered or intentionally removed.

If kept up to date the chips help officers quickly reunite lost dogs with their owner.

If a dog is not micro-chipped by this date the owner will have 21 days to ensure that it is or face a fine of up to £500.

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