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Welsh Assembly set to introduce compulsory micro-chipping of dogs

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 09, 2013

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THE Welsh Government is set to make the microchipping of dogs compulsory.

It follows a consultation period which began last summer, and which has indicated a high level of support for the policy.

Planning is underway to introduce the policy ahead of the proposed introduction of the policy in England in 2016.

The move has been welcomed by Guide Dogs Cymru.

Their engagement manager Andrea Gordon said: "We fully support the Welsh Government's plans for legislation on compulsory microchipping this year. This is a vital first step to protecting guide dog owners' freedom."

On average, eight guide dogs in the UK are attacked by other dogs every month.

Guide Dogs believes that microchipping will help police identify the owner of any dog involved in an attack.

Responses to a consultation on a Control of Dogs (Wales) Bill can still be made to the Welsh Government until March 1.

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  • maxmin  |  February 09 2013, 9:37AM

    How ridiculous, I see they have found another way to waste taxpayers money. Do you honestly think anyone irresponsible enough to let their dog attack another will meekly trot along to get their dog chipped? That's like saying we are going to prevent robberies by insisting all criminals have to use their own vehicles when committing a crime and they must all be taxed, insured and MOT'd.

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