Labour Minister Kevin Humphreys is urging new dog owners who have purchased a dog as a pet this Christmas to give careful consideration to the future care of the animal and ensure that the animal is microchipped as soon as possible.


Oscar and Kevin Humphreys


Minister Humphreys said: “As a dog owner, I have found microchipping to be a safe, simple and inexpensive way to protect my dog against loss or theft.

“New dog owners are now legally obliged to microchip all pups under the recent microchipping regulations which were introduced earlier this year.

“From 31 March 2016, all dogs over 12 weeks of age must be microchipped and registered on an approved database.
“There are currently four authorised databases – Animark, Fido, The Irish Coursing Club and The Irish Kennel Club.

“An Authorised database must provide a certificate which indicates the owner and provides a form for changes of ownership to be registered.

“As well as providing security to owners that their new dog can be quickly returned if it strays, these procedures provide reassurance that it has been bred and raised in decent conditions. It also deters those who sadly abandon their pets.”