PLANS to introduce compulsory microchipping legislation by the Welsh Government has been marked as a positive step forward by RSPCA Cymru.

The Welsh Government now proposes to introduce legislation requiring the compulsory microchipping of dogs in Wales by the spring of 2016.

In September 2014, Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, Rebecca Evans, announced that the previously publicised date for the compulsory microchipping of dogs in Wales of 1 March 2015 was unlikely to be met.

RSPCA Cymru has led the campaign on this issue in Wales for many years, 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.

RSPCA Cymru’s head of external affairs Claire Lawson said: “The statement from the Deputy Minister is a positive step forward. We have been disappointed with the delay of this legislation, but welcome this opportunity to improve on the previous draft.

“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, general public and local authorities to promote this law change and to ensure compliance.”

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