DOG owners on Wearside are being urged to get their pooches microchipped before a change in the law.
Pet lovers are being invited to meet their local police officers at the same time as having their dogs microchipped for free.
This procedure will be compulsory from next year.
Sunderland North Neighbourhood Policing Team has teamed up with the city’s Vets4Pets and Tesco, to offer the microchipping to Wearside residents between 10am and 3pm, on Saturday, February 28.
The event will take place in the community room of Tesco’s supermarker on the Roker Retail Park.
As well as the microchipping, people can chat to their local officers, raise any concerns they have and find out more about how their neighbourhood is being policed.
Neighbourhood Inspector Tony Carty said he hopes to see as many people as possible at the event. He said: “From 2016, it will be a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped.
“This event is giving dog owners the chance to have this done for free.
“However, it’s also a great opportunity for them to speak to officers and talk over any crime or disorder issues that might be affecting them in their community.
“We look forward to seeing as many people as possible at the session.”