ONE hundred dogs could be in line for free microchipping, pending discussions between Kildare Co Council (KCC) and the ISPCA.
Celbridge-Leixlip MD councillor Ide Cussen (IND), tabled a motion on the topic at September’s full meeting of councillors seeking that KCC, in recognition of its current campaign to encourage dog owners to buy a dog licence, initiates free microchipping to 200 dogs who are licenced in the county.
A report by Director of Services Joe Boland noted that the Environment department is again running a campaign to encourage dog owners to buy a licence for their dog, involving a leaflet drop to every household in the county, a radio campaign on KFM, and extensive use of social media.
“The council is currently in discussion with the ISPCA in relation to the free microchipping proposal and this will be progressed subject to agreement in relation to costs. Given the total estimated costs, it is probable that a target of 100 dogs will be more realistic,” Mr Boland wrote. “The council fully accepts the need to increase the licensing rate and is in discussions with its service provider, the ISPCA, in order to strengthen enforcement arrangements.”
Cllr Cussen noted her thanks for the positive response but pointed to Roscommon Co Council which is offering free microchipping for 200 dogs. She also queried the paper nature of the leaflet drop but praised the radio and social media aspects.
“Thank you for the positive response,” she remarked, adding that she is looking forward to it being implemented.