Wednesday 5 March 2014

The Welsh Government’s statement confirming that it will be a compulsory requirement for all dogs to be microchipped as of 1 March 2015 has been welcomed by RSPCA Cymru.

Today’s announcement means that dog owners across the country now have 12 months to ensure their pets are microchipped to comply with the new regulations.

The RSPCA has led the campaign on this issue in Wales for decades, believing that compulsory microchipping will help to make it easier to identify the owners of those dogs that have strayed or are being mistreated, neglected, abandoned or lost. For this reason today’s announcement by the Minister for Natural Resources and Food, Alun Davies AM, is warmly welcomed as a useful tool in encouraging more responsible dog ownership.

RSPCA Cymru’s head of external affairs Claire Lawson said: “Microchipping is fantastic in many ways, not least in increasing the chance of reuniting lost or stolen dogs with their owners.

“While warmly welcoming this announcement we will continue to campaign for an annual dog registration scheme to ensure the validity of the microchip database.

“We look forward to working with the Welsh Government, public and local authorities to promote this law change and to ensure compliance”.