Compulsory microchipping welcomed

March 2015 is key date for Wales

German shepherd puppyGuide Dogs Cymru is delighted that the Welsh Government has published plans to start tackling the issue of irresponsible dog owners.
Compulsory microchipping of all dogs in Wales will come into force from March 2015. Guide Dogs has been campaigning on this issue since 2010.

Making the announcement, Alun Davies AM, Minister for Natural Resources and Food, said the majority of people who took part in a consultation last year were clear that compulsory microchipping of dogs should be introduced in Wales.

He added that regulations on licensed dog breeding would follow later this year in a bid to tackle irresponsible ownership.

Guide Dogs Cymru's engagement manager, Andrea Gordon, said: "We are delighted that the Welsh Government has listened to Guide Dogs Cymru's call for compulsory microchipping. This is a vital first step to protecting guide dog owners' freedom."

On average, eight guide dogs are attacked by other dogs every month in the UK. These attacks are devastating for the dog and the owner, and can rob someone with sight loss of their means of getting out and about on their own, leaving them living in isolation.