A bill passed in March by the Northern Ireland Assembly relating to dog control includes the compulsory microchipping of all dogs, in addition to the already compulsory dog licence.
The Dogs (Amendment) Act 2011 received Royal Assent on 8 March 2011, and it is intended that secondary legislation relating to technical aspects of microchipping requirement will be made in spring 2012.
Says a spokesman for the Irish Assembly’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development: “From March 2012 all dogs will have to be microchipped either before sale, or before an owner can renew their [dog] licence. In effect then it will be March 2013 before all dogs must be microchipped.”
Story: Caroline Davis