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Free dog microchipping event this Saturday on Jubilee Green

Posted on Thursday 17th March 2016 at 8:57 pm by SH (Editor)

Free dog microchipping event in Bradley Stoke on Saturday 19th March 2016.

A local animal welfare group is offering FREE microchipping for dogs at a special event in Bradley Stoke on Saturday (19th March).

Organised by the Friends of South Glos Strays, the event comes just two weeks before a new law comes into force making it compulsory for all dogs over the age of 8 weeks to be microchipped.

Each microchip, which is about the size of a grain of rice, will be officially registered with an approved microchip database, which will hold up-to-date information about the dog and its owner’s contact details.

The event will take place from 10am to 2pm on Jubilee Green, Savages Wood Road, Bradley Stoke BS32 8HL.

The organisers say they aim to “chip” as many dogs as they can. No pre-registration is needed. If there is a queue, tickets will be issued and times allocated.

According to the government, lost and stray dogs cost the taxpayer and welfare charities £33 million per year.

The new law is designed to make owners more accountable for their pets, helping authorities to identify the owners of dangerous dogs.

It is hoped that microchipping will reduce the burden on animal charities and local authorities and help protect the welfare of dogs by promoting responsible dog ownership.

Once the new rules come into effect, if a dog without a microchip comes to the attention of the authorities, its keeper may be served with a notice requiring the dog to be microchipped, and may face criminal prosecution and a £500 fine if they do not comply with the notice.

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Council agrees to alter “contradictory” dog ban signs at sports grounds

Posted on Monday 5th November 2012 at 12:07 pm by SH (Editor)

Tom Adkins and Charlie the labrador celebrate the Town Council's decision.

Town Councillors have voted unanimously to replace “No Dogs Allowed” signs at sports grounds in Bradley Stoke after residents claimed the wording was contradictory to the Council’s longstanding official policy of allowing responsible owners to exercise their pets at the sites.

New signs reading “Responsible Dog Owners Welcomed” will now be installed in their place.

The matter came to the fore last month after regular dog walkers, including a Town Councillor, noticed that a new “No Dogs Allowed” sign had been erected on the gate into the car park of the Baileys Court Activity Centre.

The Town Council insisted its policy was “not to ban dogs” but said the sign acted as “back up” for staff when dealing with irresponsible dog owners who did not pick up after their pets.

A petition against the sign was raised (attracting 51 signatures) and dog walker Cllr Roger Avenin tabled the matter at last month’s meeting of the Council’s Planning Committee.

Old "no dogs allowed" sign.

At the meeting, Cllr Rob Jones reiterated that the Council didn’t have a “no dogs” policy and said that although the sign was new, the wording on it was no different from that on a previous sign, which had been in position for the past 14 years. To prove the point, the previous sign (photo, right) was exhibited to the meeting by the Council’s Facilities Manager John Rendell.

The sign had been replaced because the Town Council’s telephone number, displayed on the sign, has changed as a result of the recent move into new offices at the Jubilee Centre.

More: Decision welcomed as "a victory for common sense" »

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Dog walkers stumped by Council’s new cricket field sign

Posted on Friday 5th October 2012 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Sign at Baileys Court Activity Centre: "Playing fields - no dogs allowed".

A local resident who exercises his dog on the cricket field at Baileys Court says the Town Council is putting out contradictory signals about whether dogs are allowed at the site.

The claim comes after a new ‘No Dogs’ sign was erected on the main gates into the site, despite Council staff having told people for years that “responsible” dog owners are welcome.

The confusion is compounded by the fact that there are still various signs asking owners to clear up after their dogs and numerous waste bins still in position around the playing field.

Tom Adkins, who regularly walks his Labrador at Baileys Court, told The Journal:

“I understand what the authority is trying to achieve but the signage is wrong. If responsible dog owners are welcome, this is what the sign should say – along with a warning that failure to comply will result in you being asked to leave. As it is, owners do not know where they stand and are open to abuse from persons who are anti-dog, like I gather some have received from cricket club members.”

“Having a banning sign and then providing dog waste facilities is simply contradictory and no help to anyone. If anything, responsible owners are now likely to avoid the field for fear of rule breaking, so all the Council will have achieved is to alienate the type of dog owners that they have said are welcome.”

According to Mr Adkins, Council workers at the site say they have received several complaints about the new signage from confused dog owners.

More: "Our policy is not to ban dogs," says Council »

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Sponsored dog walk to mark charity’s anniversary

Posted on Wednesday 2nd March 2011 at 8:36 am by SH (Editor)

DAWG Family Fun Dog Show at the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke, Bristol

A local dog rescue charity is staging a sponsored dog walk in Bradley Stoke this coming Saturday, to mark the second anniversary of its formation.

The Bristol Dog Action Welfare Group (DAWG), which specialises in rescuing and re-homing greyhounds and lurchers, is the nominated charity for two Pets At Home stores in Bristol and its members are regularly seen collecting donations at Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook Centre.

The group is inviting all dog owners to join them on a “leisurely walk” through the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve on Saturday (5th March), starting from the Bradley Stoke Pets at Home store at 10:45am.

There is an entry fee of £2 per dog, with all proceeds going to DAWG.

Also joining the event will be author Andrew Dilger and his adopted greyhound Dash, who is the star of his latest book “Dash: Bitch of the Year“.

Read on for more details of Saturday’s event »

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