Found dog il­lus­trates mi­crochip ad­van­tage

Wood­crafters gather for co-op­er­a­tive ex­pe­ri­ence

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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