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Dog owners urged to avail of free micro-chipping until end of October-Carlin

Published: 8 October, 2013

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Karina Carlin says that council is playing its part in encouraging responsible dog ownership citing pro-active initiatives to tackle dog fouling and the associated problem of stray dogs.

She said,

"By far the most common area of complaint among residents across the District is dog fouling and complaints that stray dogs are a particularly contributory cause of the problem. I along with other Sinn Fein colleagues on Council have been to the fore in pressing for initiatives to deal with the problem in a more fundamental way through encouraging responsible dog ownership.

"However, dog owners pointed out that a major obstacle standing in the way of progressing this objective has been the additional cost of micro-chipping which is required before a dog licence can be obtained at a cost of £5 (unwaged) and £12.50 (waged).

"In an effort to remove this additional burden, I proposed within Council that we approach the Dogs Trust to explore whether it would be prepared to provide free micro-chipping. As a result, dog owners can now avail of this service, free of charge, at any of the local vets, throughout the month of October which will enable owners to licence their dogs and avoid any non-compliance penalties.

"I would urge any dog owner who has not already done so to avail of this service and contact their local vet as early as possible as demand is already high.

"In a further effort to encourage responsible dog ownership and on foot of representations received from residents in different areas of the town an additional 11 dog fouling bins have been installed in the vicinity of Beldoo, Castlegrange Park, Castlemurray, Castletown Court, Urney Road, Mount Carmel Heights, Townsend Terrace, and Church View with plans for additional bins across rural areas also.

"It is also important to highlight once again that free poop-a-scoop bags can be obtained at the local council offices and while pro-active initiatives such as these are continuing to help to reduce the problem of dog fouling we still have a long way to go.