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The Prohibited Procedures on Protected Animals (Exemptions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2017

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Amendment of the Prohibited Procedures on Protected Animals (Exemptions) (Scotland) Regulations 2010

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4.  In schedule 9 (dogs), after the entry relating to amputation of dew claws, insert—

Docking of any dog aged 5 days or less that is a dog—Dog welfare
1) of the type known as spaniel, of any breed or combination of breeds; or
2) of the type known as hunt point retrieve, of any breed or combination of breeds
Conditions—
1) The procedure may only be carried out by a veterinary surgeon.
2) Not more than the end third in length of the tail may be removed.
3) The veterinary surgeon who is to carry out the procedure must, before doing so, be satisfied that there has been produced to that veterinary surgeon by—
(a)

the owner of the dog; or

(b)

another person whom the veterinary surgeon reasonably believes to be representing the owner,

evidence showing that the dog is likely to be used for work in connection with the lawful shooting of animals.
4) The veterinary surgeon who is to carry out the procedure must, before doing so, sign a certificate which—
(a)

certifies that Condition 3) has been complied with;

(b)

certifies that the dog is aged 5 days or less according to the date of birth of the dog given by—

(i)

its owner; or

(ii)

another person whom the veterinary surgeon reasonably believes to be representing the owner; and

(c)

states the following information:—

(i)

the breed and type of the dog;

(ii)

the sex of the dog;

(iii)

the colour and a description of the dog;

(iv)

the unique number of the compliant microchip implanted in the dam of the dog; and

(v)

where the dog has been implanted with a compliant microchip, the unique number of that compliant microchip.

In paragraph (c)(iv) and (v) a reference to a compliant microchip means a microchip within the meaning of regulation 4 of the Microchipping of Dogs (Scotland) Regulations 2016(1)..

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