HALF the animals which are processed through council’s pounds still aren’t microchipped or identified.
Tamworth Regional Council hoped to whittle-down this issue with a free pet chipping day at Coledale on Thursday.
Council acting director of planning and compliance Ross Briggs said it was one of the biggest turnouts for the biannual event, with 154 animals chipped chipped and 200 vaccinated.
While it came at a cost, Mr Briggs it would make the task of reuniting wandering pets with their owners a lot easier.
“Whether they’re dropped into a vet or the pound, we can reunite the animals, otherwise the process for being reunited with your animal is bit lengthier and it might not work,” he said.
“I’d say probably half of the animals we get through the pound are not identified.
“Microchips don’t cost that much for us to buy, so we’re happy to do this as a service to the community and it makes our job a lot easier.”
The event is run in conjunction with TAFE and the RSPCA.