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30th Mar 2016

New Laws For Dog Owners Come into Effect This Friday

Cassie Delaney

From Friday, April 1st, all dogs must be microchipped and registered.

Dog owners must hold a government-approved certificate to prove that the dog is chipped.

The new regulations mean it will be illegal to pass a dog onto another person, even if there is no payment, without the dog being microchipped.

The regulations have been implemented to tackle the number of roaming dogs on the street and in the countryside. It will also act as a means for owners to be reunited with their beloved pets.

According to RTÉ, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney welcomed the regulations.

“Widespread microchipping of all dogs brings a range of benefits including the protection of the welfare of dogs and assist with speedy identification of stray dogs and their owners,” he said.

“It will act as a deterrent for those who abandon dogs and assist in identifying marauding dogs and those that pose a threat to livestock or people.”

Those in breach of the new regulations will face a fine of up to €5,000.

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