Angus Estates ensure dogs have had their chips

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An Angus sporting estate was over-run by four-legged friends at the weekend as over 200 dogs of all varieties were micro-chipped ahead of the Scottish Government deadline.

By April 6, all dog owners in Scotland will have to have their pooches chipped and details entered into an approved database, or risk a fine of £500.

The legislation has been brought in to cut down on lost or stray dogs and to make owners responsible for their dog’s welfare and behaviour.

Thanks to work by local estates and gamekeepers plus the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust, animals from all over Angus and the Grampian region were chipped at the weekend.

The event, which saw breeds from working Spaniels to pugs and Lhasa Apsos mingling together, was jointly hosted by the Angus Glens Moorland Group and Grampian Moorland Group.

As well as making dogs compliant with the legislation, a raffle containing doggy treats, hosted by the two groups, raised £1221.93 for Dogs Trust.

With only around 100 dogs being the norm at Dogs Trust free microchipping events, veterinary nurses from the charity had their work cut out to chip all 217 dogs presented by local owners.

Despite the inevitable playfulness from the canine kind, the glen event was a major success and presented the local communities with a chance to move in step with the change.

Debbie Farquharson from Edzell, who runs Country Canines Dog Grooming in Brechin, said: “Even with the high volumes, there appeared to be no misbehaved dogs. There was plenty of facilities for people attending like tables, benches and poo bags, and lots of information.”

Lianne MacLennan, Co-Ordinator of the Grampian and Angus Glens Moorland groups said: “We contacted Dogs Trust because we felt it was good for communities, across Angus and the Grampian region, to be able to come to one place and for a large number of dogs to be chipped at the same time.

“We know ourselves, from local gamekeepers helping to get lost dogs back to their owners, that micro-chipping will be very useful, if something untoward happens.”

Lisa Scott, Veterinary Nurse from Dogs Trust added: “Microchipping is the most effective permanent way to assist in a lost dog being returned to their owner which in turn reduces the number of healthy dogs unnecessarily put to sleep.”