Denmead residents can keep track of their dog with free microchip

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Dog owners in Denmead took advantage of a free microchipping scheme to comply with new government regulations.

The event was run by Dave Griffiths and May Carrington, who are part of Winchester City Council’s animal welfare team.

The pair saw more than 20 dog owners bring their pets to Denmead Community Centre to have their free microchips put in.

The new government regulation states that from April 6 2016, all dogs over eight weeks old must be microchipped and registered with an approved microchip database.

If a dog changes ownership, it is down to the new handler to update the database, ensuring all the details of the pet are correct.

Members of the The Dogs’ Trust, the Blue Cross, local businesses and other charities were also there to provide educational talks, games and giveaways.

The Animal Welfare Team is still available to carry out free microchipping, and interested owners should contact them on 01962 848350 or ehealth@winchester.gov.uk.