The Microchipping of Dogs (Wales) Regulations 2015 came into force on 6th April 2016.
If you are a dog owner these new regulations affect YOU!
The Regulations impose a number of legal duties on everyone who keeps/owns a dog.
Every keeper/owner of a dog, other than a puppy under 8 weeks of age or a certified working dog, must have their dog microchipped and must have certain information recorded on a database.
This information includes, but is not limited to, the following:
The Regulations prevent a dog from being transferred to a new owner/ keeper until it has been microchipped. As the new owner of a dog YOU are required to update the information on the database on the transfer of keeper/ownership (unless the previous owner has already done so). Failure to comply with these regulations can result in a maximum penalty of £500.
Local Authority Officers and Police Officers are given the power to:
For more detailed information you are encouraged to read the Regulations
If you have been served a notice but disagree you can appeal.
A chip is useless if the details are incorrect. If you move house or change your phone number please make sure you update your dog's microchip.
If we pick up a lost dog we will try our best to return it to you. However if you are not available or no one is home and we can't get hold of anyone we have no choice but to take the dog to the kennels. This can cause a lot of stress for owners and their dog and also as the owner you will be charged a Kennel fee.
If you sell/pass your dog onto someone else you must make sure the details on the chip are changed. By law whoever is registered as the owner on the dogs microchip is the legal owner and therefore responsible. So should the dog cause an accident or damage to someone or something whoever is registered will be held responsible.
You can check your dog's chip details online or you can call one of our Dog Wardens Sally on 07557 251669 or Ruth on 07557 290542
Section 9 of the above Act involves the provision of five requirements or "freedoms" in relation to the welfare of animals, namely:-
The Council is committed to maintaining full compliance with these requirements In relation to all aspects of the dog control service