All dogs in Northern Ireland will have to be micro-chipped from the 1st April.
Northern Ireland is the first part of the UK to bring in a law like this. The governments in Westminster and Cardiff are watching – they are considering doing the same.
This is to stop stray dogs roaming the streets, it seams that people cannot afford to keep a dog now so they drive for miles let the dog out and we have another stray. They are picked up, if there is no micro-chip found they are put into kennels.
Strays are picked up and put into the dog pound, if for some reason they could not be re-homed they are put down. Last year in Northern Ireland, 1,615 stray or abandoned dogs were destroyed. That is about one in six of the dogs in pounds – a much higher proportion than the UK average.
People must think that a dog is for Christmas, not for life.
“It’s another method of trying to track dogs’ owners and get them home. Dogs’ collars and tags can be lost and can be removed. The microchip is permanent, so it can be pretty helpful.”
The microchipping procedure is very quick. The chip – about a centimetre long – is placed on the end of an instrument which looks like a syringe.
It is then implanted into the loose skin between a dog’s shoulders. Many vets have agreed to carry out the procedure for free.