Dog owners join scheme

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More than 50 dogs have been micro-chipped and 120 registration forms completed across Babergh and Mid Suffolk following the launch of a police scheme to encourage responsible dog ownership.

The paws on patrol scheme aims to get dog walkers to report any suspicious activity they encounter while out with their pet.

It also seeks to ensure they clean up after their dog and make sure they are vaccinated and micro-chipped.

The initiative was launched in Babergh last weekend and drew a positive response.

“With the Government’s impending legislation, which will require all dogs to be micro-chipped by April 2016, and the recent publicity surrounding dog attacks, this scheme will, without doubt, educate and assist dog owners to keep within the law and reduce the amount of dog-related incidents which police have to deal with,” said Pc Jayne Gardiner, one of the co-ordinators.

“The launch provided the opportunity for dog owners to have their dogs micro-chipped for free and the opportunity for them to have a go at dog agility and fly ball with their pet.”

Further events linked to the scheme are being planned for the coming months.