October 30, 2015

RSPCA Cymru has long promoted the importance of owners microchipping their dogs.

Microchipping can allow dogs to be traced effectively back to their owners, whilst also boosting the chances of tracking down those responsible for animal cruelty. Therefore moves towards the compulsory microchipping of all dogs in Wales are hugely positive.

Regulations previously tabled were withdrawn. RSPCA Cymru had identified concerns with these, as did the National Assembly for Wales’ Constitutional & Legislative Affairs Committee. We are now working with the Welsh Government in the hope new proposals prove robust and enforceable; as this is vital to ensure any change in law proves effective.

Though an initial date for it to be become law for all dogs in Wales to be microchipped by St David’s Day 2015 was missed, the Welsh Government subsequently announced proposals to introduce legislation requiring the compulsory microchipping of dogs in Wales by the spring of 2016.  A new vote took place on 20 October 2015 with the regulations being passed by AMs. The Regulations came into effect on 06 April 2016.

New microchipping legislation is not due to impact upon existing requirements under the Control of Dogs Order 1992, which states any dog in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address of the owner inscribed on the collar or on a plate or badge attached to it.