The Welsh Government has also committed to introducing the
compulsory microchipping of all dogs in Wales for Spring 2016,
following a public consultation in 2012 which received overwhelming
support in favour of compulsory microchipping.
The Welsh Government has cited the intended benefits of the new
regulations as helping to:
- Improve animal welfare by making it easier to return a stray
dog to its owners
- Develop responsible dog ownership by ensuring greater
traceability of owners
- Establish liability and prove ownership
- Assist in control measures in case of diseases that can be
passed from dogs to humans
- Deter dog theft
The Kennel Club is delighted with the Welsh Government's
decision to join the Westminster government in its commitment to
help improve dog welfare through compulsory microchipping.
The move comes after the Kennel Club pledged to gift a microchip
scanner to every local authority in England and Wales.
The Kennel Club believes compulsory microchipping will go a long
way towards improving welfare by reuniting stray and lost dogs with
their owners more quickly, whilst also providing government with
solutions to a number of issues relating to irresponsible dog
ownership. It is also hoped that microchipping will help keep a
record of where each dog has come from, to improve traceability and
in turn assist with health and welfare issues such as puppy farming.
Of the estimated 450,000 dogs on Wales, approximately 58% are
already microchipped. This means that there are approximately
190,000 dogs that would need to be microchipped prior to March
2015. The Welsh Government estimates that it is possible to
have all dogs microchipped within a year of Regulations coming into
effect. The Minister will therefore introduce Regulations shortly
in order to allow dog owners 12 months in which to get their dog