Watford dog owners can get their pets microchipped for free.

The scheme by Watford Borough Council and The Dogs Trust invites people to present their pooches at with Cassiobury Park, Shepherds Road entrance, on Wednesday, July 23, or Garston Park, Codicote Drive entrance, on Thrusday, July 24.

The free microchipping will take place between 11am and 4pm, and comes ahead of legislation which is being introduced in April 2016 when all dogs will be legally required to be microchipped.

Microchipping is a painless procedure which, in the event that a dog gets stolen or lost, enables owners to be more easily reunited with their pet.

It also promotes responsible ownership and is aimed at reducing the number of stray dogs in the Borough.

Councillor Keith Crout, portfolio holder, said: "We are delighted to be working with The Dogs Trust on this scheme, as well as giving owners peace of mind it should reduce the burden of stray dogs on the Council and the animal charities.

"In the last financial year 130 stray dogs were seized by the council, this initiative will increase the chances of dogs being reunited with their owners."  

Contact The Dogs Trust on: 0207 8370006 or visit www.chipmydog.org.uk for more details.