DOG owners can get their pets microchipped for free thanks to Basildon Council and the Dog’s Trust.

Micro chips allow canines to be tracked back to their rightful owners if they ever go missing and the procedure normally costs £20, but the cost will be waived at the special free event.

It will be held at the junction of Malyons and Felmores, in Pitsea, on September 13, from 11am until 3pm, and is open to everyone.

It will also include advice about canine care and behaviour, goody bags and a mini agility area for dogs to give their owners a run around.

 Recently, Basildon Council’s animal control officers were called to two stray dogs found near the A127 in Basildon. Both were in a desperate state with one needing surgery to remove its infected womb.

The pair were microchipped, but because the information was out of date they couldn’t be tracked to their most recent owner.

Tom Milson, manager of Acres Way Kennels, said: “We receive so many dogs that are in a poor condition, in some cases their microchips are still registered to a previous owner, as a result of this we are unable to track their current owner.

“Dog owners must ensure that micro chips are kept up to date if you move or sell the animal.”