DOG wardens are urging owners to keep their pet s safe this winter.
Wardens at Chichester District Council looked after 174 stray or abandoned dogs last year. Eighty per cent were reunited with their owners.
Now potential dog owners are being urged to think about what’s involved in caring for a canine before they take on such a big responsibility.
Viv Magrath, from the council, said: ‘We want to make sure all dog owners, and anyone thinking of getting a dog for Christmas, makes sure the dog always wears an identity tag.
‘They should wear them even if they are at home, as it only takes a minute for them to find a loose fence panel and escape. You can face a penalty of up to £2,000 if your dog does not have one.
‘We would recommend that dogs are microchipped.
‘If they become lost, it’s easier and saves a lot of time and money to reunite them with their owner. Dogs become stressed and frightened when they are lost.’
If you find a dog in Chichester call 01243 534734.