Free dog neutering and micro-chipping

Free dog microchipping is being offered in Derry over the coming weeks.
Free dog microchipping is being offered in Derry over the coming weeks.

Local pet owners have been urged to avail of a free dog neutering and micro-chipping programme being rolled out over the coming weeks in the Ballymagroarty/ Hazelbank region.

Sinn Féin Councillor Eric McGinley said local people had a rare opportunity to have their pets attended to without being charged.

Colr. McGinley said: “There have been long-standing problems across the city from unwanted litters and stray dogs which cannot be identified, and the Dogs Trust initiative has proven in the past to be an effective way to address these difficulties.

“Neutering will prevent unwanted litters whilst micro-chipping allows stray dogs to be quickly identified and returned to owners. It is important to note also that micro-chipping is a requirement for possession of a dog licence.”

He added: “The Dogs Trust will shortly be providing a very welcome free service in the Ballymagroarty and Hazelbank areas and I would encourage dog owners to take this opportunity and bring their dogs along to the locations highlighted below.”

The sessions will all take place from 11am to 12.30pm.

The first will be staged on Monday, September 29th at the lay-by at St. Eithne’s Primary School.

The next session will take place on Thursday, October 2nd, at Holy Family Car Park.

The third session sees a return to St Eithne’s PS on Monday, October 6th, and the last one is on Thursday, October 9th, at Holy Family Car Park.