With new rules being implemented recently, there is much confusion regarding microchipping legislation. We hope this clarifies a few things.
As of the 1st of July 1999, all puppies, kittens, dogs and cats sold or given away must be microchipped. This applies to all breeders, pet shops and to the general public (i.e. if you have a dog or cat that has just had a litter, you must have them microchipped before you can sell them/give them away, including when given to pet shops).
People with dogs already that are not microchipped must do so if they are not currently registered with the council. If they are registered with the council, they will still need to be microchipped before July 2002.