Found dog illustrates microchip advantage
Woodcrafters gather for co-operative experience
The council’s Animal Control Team is pleased that the theft of a family pet registered in Tokoroa ended with the dog being returned to its relieved owner, having turned up in Tauranga.
And the reason the dog was able to be returned? Microchipping.
‘‘ There are key benefits to having your dog micro-chipped,’’ council senior animal control officer Kerry Beckett said.
‘‘If your dog is micro-chipped and registered, it is included on the National Dog Database and can be tracked. If it is stolen or lost it can easily be returned to you.
‘‘ What happened
this instance was that the dog was allegedly stolen from a property in Tokoroa,’’ Mrs Beckett said.
‘‘It then turned up in a Tauranga animal shelter where it was scanned. What happens from that point is automatic.
‘‘The Tauranga City Council Animal Control Unit is notified that they have a dog in the district that is registered to another district and we get notified that a dog registered here has popped up in Tauranga.
‘‘On further investigation the dog was returned to its rightful owner and the culprit is being prosecuted.
‘‘ It just shows that even responsible dog owners can lose their dogs through theft, for example,’’ Mrs Beckett said.
‘‘It is important that the community know that animal control units across the country and the police take theft of dogs very seriously.’’ The Putaruru Woodcrafters Club is holding the second Putaruru Woodturning collaboration at Putaruru College from January 4 to 9.
Twenty- seven woodcrafters are expected.
There will be a free open day on Sunday, January 8 from 1pm to 5pm so people can see the craftsmen in action.
All items made will be auctioned at the college on Monday, January 9 at the Putaruru College staff room beginning at 3pm. Those participating are divided randomly into groups of three and allocated a piece of wood,
Each person does a portion of work to create a stunning piece.
The aim of the collaboration is to foster the art of wood turning and crafting.
The event is organised by the Putaruru Woodcrafters Club with South Waikato District Council support. For more details contact Eric Wolfe on 886 6709.
CRAFTY: Wood turners will be in Putaruru in January creating beautiful pieces which will be auctioned.