People are being advised, in advance of Christmas, to think carefully before giving a dog as a present and to be aware of the rules on microchipping dogs.
Under the microchipping regulations in force since March 2016, all dogs over 12 weeks of age must be microchipped and registered on an approved database.
Anyone thinking of giving a puppy or a dog as a Christmas present should buy or adopt from a reputable source, and make themselves fully aware of the significant commitment, including financial, that becoming a pet owner represents. Seeing a pup in its home environment with its mother is a good way to verify this.
There are currently four authorised databases: Animark, Fido, The Irish Coursing Club and The Irish Kennel Club. An authorised database must provide a certificate which indicates the owner and provides a form for changes of ownership to be registered. Buyers and sellers are also required to indicate that they have verified the identity of the person they are dealing with. If details are not correctly kept up to date, you will remain legally responsible for a dog you may have sold.