Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, is set to welcome Angus Robertson MP to a microchipping event in his local constituency on Friday 27th November.

The event, to be held at New Elgin & Ashgrove Public Hall in Elgin between 1.30pm and 3.30pm, will offer free chips to local dogs while Dogs Trust representatives will also be on hand to promote responsible dog ownership and inform owners about the benefits of compulsory microchipping.

Angus Robertson MP comments:

“I’m looking forward to supporting this event which enables responsible dog owners to take advantage of free microchipping before it becomes compulsory in Scotland in 2016. Coming from a family which has always had dogs I know how precious they are to their owners, friends and families.

“Lost and stolen dogs cause great upset to their owners, particularly those with children, and so I hope that my constituents will take advantage of this opportunity to get ahead of the forthcoming changes and make use of a helpful initiative to protect their pets.”

Microchipping is a simple and effective tool which helps to rapidly reunite lost or straying pets with their owners. This in turn reduces the number of healthy dogs unnecessarily put to sleep and saves money for Local Authorities by cutting kennelling costs. Compulsory microchipping was successfully introduced in Northern Ireland in 2012 and Scotland, Wales and England are set to follow suit in 2016.

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity. They have eighteen rehoming centres across the UK and one in Ireland, and invest substantial resources in information services and education on responsible dog ownership.