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Andrew ‘chips in’ to tackle stray dog problem

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Andrew today visited a microchipping event at the South Oxford Community Centre.

Local residents were encouraged to bring four legged friends along to take advantage of the free microchipping service on offer. A number of local dogs were chipped on the day while the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust, was on hand to offer advice and answer any general queries about responsible dog ownership, reminding dog owners of the importance of keeping microchip database details up to date.

Andrew said, “I was delighted to be invited to attend this microchipping event in my constituency. It was a wonderful opportunity to see the work of Dogs Trust first hand and to learn just how significant microchipping can be in helping return lost or stray dogs to their owners and stop puppy farming. I support the work of Dogs Trust and believe that compulsory microchipping is a major step forward in dog welfare, not least for the part it will play in reducing the stray dog population in years to come. I urge local dog ownersto take advantage of this simple and effective tool before it becomes compulsory in 2016.”

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