More than 30 dog owners took advantage of a microchipping event ahead of a change in the law.
On April 6 this year, it became law to have your dog microchipped and not doing this could lead to a £500 fine.
In a bid to help owners and make them aware of the change in the law, East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) offered free microchipping to any dogs that took part in their ‘5000 Paws’ dog walking challenge in March.
With help from Wood Green, The Animals Charity, 32 dogs and their owners completed the challenge at Stanwick Lakes and Barnwell Country Park with the dogs being microchipped there and then.
ENC’s Green Dog Club also welcomed 43 new members whose details are stored to help reunite stray dogs with their owners more quickly.
Environmental services manager Charlotte Tompkins said: “We urge all dog owners to get their dog microchipped for their own piece of mind and to save larger costs picked up by ENC.
“Each stray dog found in East Northants costs us £250.
“We can spend many hours recovering a stray and taking it to kennels.
“If a dog is not claimed within the week, ENC pays for all the kennelling costs as well so potentially each stray could cost nearly £400.”
Carla Leete, community engagement officer at Wood Green, The Animals Charity, added: “Each year, Wood Green sees around 450 stray dogs.
“On average, less than 40 per cent are microchipped and over half do not make it home to their owners.
“Why take that risk with your beloved pet?”
Dog owners are also reminded to keep microchip details up to date.
If you move address or change telephone number, you should inform your chip provider.
Incorrect contact details make reuniting lost dogs very tricky and expensive.
If you lose or find a dog in East Northamptonshire, report it to 01832 742000 during office hours or 01832 733530 outside of office hours.
To find out more about the Green Dog Club and/or to join for free visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/greendogclub
For more information about ENC’s dog warden service, go to www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/dogs.