FREE dog micro chipping will be available in Rawtenstall on Sunday.

The event, organised by Rossendale Responsible Pets, will be held at the Riverside Inn, in Bury Road.

Michaela Holt, from the group, said: “Micro chipping will not only be a legal requirement from April 6, 2016, but is an essential part of reuniting dog and owner in the unfortunate event of loss or, more commonly, theft of your dog.”

Rossendale Responsible Pets has been running for more than a year, and works to ensure lost and stolen pets are found and rehomed.

It also offers a wide range of services to pet owners 24 hours a day, seven days a week.