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Dogs in Wales must be microchipped from April or owners will be fined

All dog owners must have their pets microchipped from April 6 next year – or face a fine.

Dogs who are more than eight-weeks-old will have to be compulsorily fitted with a microchip that matches them to an identity database after Assembly Members agreed to implement the new regulations.

Similar rules are also being introduced in England and Scotland at the same time.

Anyone who fails to identify his or her dog will be committing an offence and is liable to a fine – potentially up to £500 if the penalty is the same as in England – if they do not get their pet microchipped within a set period.

The move has received widespread backing with many believing it will deter animal cruelty and theft.

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Alyn and Deeside AM Carl Sargeant said: “Microchipping will encourage owners to take greater responsibility for their dogs’ welfare and behaviour, and could also provide traceability for disease control purposes.

“As a dog owner myself, animal cruelty is an issue close to my heart and close to the hearts of many of my constituents.

“These regulations will mean that the vast majority of dog owners who are responsible will have the security of knowing they can be traced should their beloved pet go missing, while providing reassurance that those who mistreat their animals can also be identified.”

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RSPCA’s Claire Lawson said: “We are delighted the Welsh Government will be making it compulsory to microchip dogs in Wales from April 6, 2016.

“This will help ensure that dogs can be identified more effectively and could have a dramatic impact on tackling cruelty suffered by dogs.

“We will continue to campaign for an annual dog registration scheme to ensure the validity of the microchip database, which forms part of our ‘manifesto’ for the 2016 elections to the National Assembly.”

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Rachel Evans, Countryside Alliance director for Wales, added: “This has taken some time to come to fruition and the Alliance has been active in the consultation process since March 2010.

“We have encouraged our members to proceed with microchipping and I am pleased to say that the majority are well ahead of the 2016 deadline, particularly hunt kennels and gundog owners.

“This legislation brings Wales into line with England and Scotland, which is vital for cross border management and will ensure breeders in Wales are not left at a disadvantage.

“It will increase responsible breeding and dog ownership, give owners a far better chance of being reunited with their dog if it should become lost and should deter dog theft which has been a great concern amongst owners in recent years.”

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