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The Microchipping of Dogs (Wales) Regulations 2015

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Obligation to microchip dogs

3.—(1) Subject to a certificate issued under paragraph (2) or (3), from 6 April 2016 every keeper of a dog which has not been implanted with a microchip by that date—

(a)which is older than 8 weeks; and

(b)which is not a certified working dog for the purposes of section 6(3) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006(1),

must ensure that it is microchipped.

(2) Paragraph (1) does not apply for as long as a veterinary surgeon certifies, on a form approved by the Welsh Ministers that microchipping would significantly compromise the dog’s health.

(3) Subject to paragraph (4), from 6 April 2016 a keeper who imports a dog must ensure that the dog is microchipped within 30 days of importing the dog unless a veterinary surgeon certifies, on a form approved by the Welsh Ministers that microchipping would significantly compromise the dog’s health.

(4) A certificate issued under paragraph (2) or (3) must state the period for which the dog will be unfit to be microchipped.

(5) A dog is microchipped where—

(a)a microchip which complies with regulation 4 has been implanted in the dog; and

(b)the details set out in regulation 5 are recorded on a database by a database operator meeting the conditions set out in regulation 6.

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