Chips for Rover!
It is the law that every dog in the State must be microchipped and the chip must be registered under a recognised database.
It is illegal to sell or give 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 certificate to be issued.
The new rules hope to reunite people with their lost or stolen pets but also to tackle stray dogs roaming the countryside or streets.
To date there are four authorised databases by which dogs can be registered. These are:
- The Irish Coursing Club
- Irish Kennel Club
All of the above issue an ownership certificate which allows owners to ensure the registration details relating to their dog are accurate.
This certificate is also needed for transfer of ownership – not unlike the car ownership certificate!
The Department of Agriculture warns people not to buy a dog without a certificate.
New rules introduced last year mean that all puppies must be microchipped before they are twelve weeks old.
Widespread microchipping of all dogs brings a range of benefits including the protection of the welfare of the dogs and helps with speedy identity of any stray dogs and their owners.
People are encouraged not only to have their dog microchipped but also to check the data base to ensure their contact details are correct and up to date.
It is important to note that owners will be subject to a €5,000.00 fine if their dogs are unchipped.