RSPCA Cymru has welcomed news that compulsory microchipping for dogs in Wales will be brought in from April 2016.

Today (20 October) the plans were debated in Plenary at the Senedd with AMs backing the introduction of compulsory microchipping for dogs in Wales.

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.

Assistant director external relations – Wales, Claire Lawson, said: “We are delighted the Welsh Government will be making it compulsory to microchip dogs in Wales from 6 April 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.

“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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This quick procedure places a small chip, the size of a grain of rice, underneath the animal’s skin. The chip stores an ID number, then the owner’s details are stored on a database. A special scanner can find the number which is routinely used by RSPCA inspectors, dog wardens and vets.
The code links to a database such as PetLog that contains the necessary contact information to help ensure a fast way of tracing an owner. This means that should a cat or dog go missing, their owners can be identified more quickly and easily. Owners are responsible for updating their contact details on the database.