A DOG chipping and dog fouling awareness event at Mill Hill Community Centre, resulted in 24 dogs being micro-chipped.

Several residents also showed interest in attending a dog solution course.

The event came as Blackburn with Darwen Council carries out a new drive aimed at tackling dog fouling.

Thousands of homes will be leafleted as part of a pilot scheme, mainly focusing on two areas of the borough, Mill Hill in Blackburn and Marsh House in Darwen.

Since 2012, the council has given out 19 fixed penalty notices to dog owners, with fines totalling £1,050.

Coun Jim Smith, executive member for environment, said: “Dog fouling is disgusting and anti-social, totally at odds with the majority of residents who want to see their area clean, as the hundreds of volunteers who have taken part in Your Call clean ups show.

“We need residents to be our eyes and ears. We will name and shame those who continue to let their dog foul our streets.”