140 dog owners take advantage of free microchipping at Thearne Pet Shop
THEY were queuing out the door as dog owners clamoured to get their pets microchipped.
A total of 140 people queued up at Thearne Pet Shop, in the city centre.
Microchipping dogs provides a vital tool in finding lost animals or those that have been stolen.
Last month, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson announced all dogs in England must be microchipped, by law, from April 6, 2016.
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This meant pet owners jumped at the chance to have it done for free thanks to the event organised by the Dogs Trust, in conjunction with Hull City Council.
Robert Nicholas, who runs Thearne Pet Shop, said: "It was an incredible turnout, with 140 dog owners turning up, which is one of the best attended microchipping events there has been in Hull.
"We provided the venue and paid for the advertising.
"There is a lot more interest in these events now because microchipping dogs will become compulsory shortly."
The event cost £1,500 to stage but its success means Thearne will hold another event later in the year.
Mr Nicholas said: "We have been in Hull city centre for 60 years so feel it is right to give something back to the people of Hull by holding these events."
The Dogs Trust is delighted with the success of the event.
A spokesman said: "We are delighted the microchipping event was so well attended by the dog-owning community in Hull as it is vital that dog owners view microchipping as part and parcel of dog ownership.
"We are wholly in favour of compulsory microchipping as it is proven to be the most effective way of ensuring lost dogs are returned to their owners.
"It is a positive move that will help ease the burden on animal charities such as Dogs Trust, while reducing the kennelling costs for local authorities."
Two further microchipping events will take place in the city later this month.
The first will take place at Trafalgar Centre, in Compass Road, off Beverley High Road, on Tuesday, March 19, from 11am to 1pm.
The second will take place at Unity in the Community, 501 Endike Lane, on Wednesday, March 27, also from 11am to 1pm.