A MICROCHIPPING service is being provided for dog owners in Burnley.

The National Canine Defence League are visiting Burnley with their mobile "Give a dog a life" microchipping unit.

The event has been organised jointly with the Burnley council dog warden service.

The local police have also been provided with scanners so that microchipped dogs found straying can be reunited with their owners.

The system works by a microchip containing a unique number being implanted under the animal's skin between the shoulder blades.

By scanning the chip the number can be checked on a central database and the animal's owner can be tracked at any time of day or night.

The microchipping service will be provided free to people on means tested benefits or state pension and otherwise at a price of £9.50.

The service will be available from 10am to 6pm each day at Sycamore Avenue community centre car park on Monday, January 28; Scott Park main entrance, January 29; Higher Towneley car park, January 30; and Prairie playing fields, Windermere Avenue, January 31.