Dog chips going cheap

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Waikato District Council is offering dog microchipping for just $20 – down from $37 – tomorrow, Tuesday March 26, and Wednesday, March 27.

The service will be offered from 11am to 3pm on Tuesday at Lake Hakanoa Domain, Huntly, and on Wednesday, at The Point, Ngaruawahia.

Since July 2006, all dogs registered in New Zealand for the first time (except farm dogs used for stock control) must be microchipped.

“Microchipping is a simple, lifelong way to identify your dog, resulting in a speedier return if it is ever lost, stolen or injured,” said council animal control manager John Bowler.

The effectiveness of microchipping was proved a couple of years ago when a Waikato animal control officer was able to reunite a dog with its owner, after it was found 540km away from home.

“The dog was picked up wandering in Ngaruawahia, after scanning her microchip we realised she was a long way from her home – Wainuiomata in Lower Hutt. We contacted the owner and thanks to the microchip there was a very happy reunion.”

Bowler urged dog owners to take advantage of the cheap and easy chip offer and said there would be Masterpet giveaways on both days.

“It’s a quick and simple procedure involving the insertion of a microchip, which is about the size of a grain of rice, into the scruff of the dog’s neck,” he said.

The microchip contains a number belonging only to that dog, enabling secure and reliable identification.

Interest in the microchipping events had been high and as a result the council was currently looking into holding another microchipping event in Raglan, Bowler said.

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