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    Dog lovers in St Mary’s, Swanley, will be the first to benefit from a new series of roadshows aimed at supporting those who enjoy the company of our four-legged friends.

    As well as plenty of advice on health, well-being and behaviour, there will be free dog poo bags available, plus a chance to get on the right side of the law by having your pooch micro-chipped.

    We ran a successful series of responsible dog owner roadshows ahead of micro-chipping becoming a legal requirement in 2016, and when we took a break last year we found the number of complaints about animal nuisance rose.

    “This showed the earlier roadshows had had a positive effect, and so we decided to bring them back across Sevenoaks and Swanley, working alongside Sevenoaks District Council,” explained our Community Safety Officer Mandie Stallard.

    “We will be holding a roadshow in a different location on the last Friday of every month from 10am to 1pm, starting at St Mary’s on 26 January, when the district council’s community bus will park in Cherry Avenue, by Damson Court.”

    Mandie and Sevenoaks District Council’s Animal Control Officer Ann-Marie Milton will be offering advice on a wide range of dog-related issues, while the Dogs Trust will again be offering free micro-chipping for anyone who has yet to comply with the rule.

    “While the focus will be on dog health and well-being, we will also be happy to talk to tenants about other more general issues,” Mandie added.

    Times and venues for the rest of the 2018 series of "Love Your Dog" roadshows will be announced in due course.


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