New dog microchipping laws in force from Friday

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From Friday 1st April all dogs in Ireland must be microchipped and registered under new regulations.

The requirement is that every dog in the State must be microchipped and that chip must be registered on a recognised database. It will be illegal to pass a dog to another person, even if there is no payment, without the dog being microchipped.

The new owner’s details must also be registered to allow for a certificate to be issued. The new rules are aimed at helping to reunite people with their lost or stolen pets, but also to tackle strays roaming the streets or countryside.

There are four authorised databases by which dogs can be registered: Animark, Fido, the Irish Coursing Club and the Irish Kennel Club. New rules, introduced last June, meant all puppies must be microchipped before reaching 12 weeks.