Dog owners paws for advice

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Kintyre’s dog owners were barking mad to miss a free advice session this week.

Housing association Fyne Homes organised for animal welfare charity, Dogs Trust, to visit Campbeltown’s Victoria Hall, offering free advice and micro-chipping to pet owners.

Micro-chipping became mandatory for all dogs under government legislation which came into force in April last year, and failure to have your dog chipped can result in a fine of up to £500.

Hundreds of Kintyre residents took advantage of a free Dogs Trust micro-chipping service at the time, but some are still unchipped.

Although organised with Fyne Homes’ tenants who may not be able to afford to get their dog chipped in mind, this week’s event was open to everyone.

A Fyne Homes spokesperson said: ‘If people can’t afford to get their dogs chipped then they won’t be able to pay any fine they get either. We hope that this event will help avoid that.’

As well as micro-chipping dogs, Dogs Trust campaigns assistant Ellie Upstill-Goddard and veterinary nurse Jillian Rose offered information leaflets, health and training advice and basic health checks to more than 20 dog owners.

Ellie Upstill-Goddard and Jillian Rose from Dogs Trust offered advice to West Highland terrier Hamish’s owner. 50_c36dogstrust01