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Friday, 10th January 2020

Dogs Trust welcomes new laws on sale of pets

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Adorable ten week old pups Simba, Sarabi and Rafiki at the Puppy Wing in Dogs Trust, Dublin. Dogs Trust have welcomed new legislation on the sale of pets. Photograph: Fran Veale.

New regulations make it illegal to sell puppies under eight weeks old

“Dog for sale” adverts must now include microchip number

Ireland’s largest dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust, has welcomed the government’s introduction of new regulations to the Animal Health and Welfare Act (2013) regarding the sale of pets.

The charity, along with other leading animal welfare organisations, has long campaigned against the sale of puppies younger than eight weeks of age and for the increased traceability of those selling dogs.

The new regulations require that all adverts selling dogs must now include the dog’s individual microchip number and if applicable, the seller’s registration number.

“For many years Dogs Trust has campaigned to improve the welfare of dogs in Ireland and we applaud the decision by Minister Michael Creed to improve the traceability of dogs being sold” Becky Bristow, Executive Director of Dogs Trust Ireland said. 

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“We are particularly happy it is now a requirement for puppies to be eight weeks of age or older in order to be sold and that all adverts selling dogs and puppies must clearly display the dog’s microchip number.

“This is a significantly positive step forward in improving dog welfare in Ireland as it ensures the traceability of dogs being sold, back to the seller.

“In the past, people could be duped into buying a sick puppy under false pretences with little or no guarantee from the person they purchased the dog from, but with these new regulations, this is about to change!”

Dogs Trust are calling on members of the public to help make these improvements successful by avoiding buying dogs or puppies if a microchip number is not present on an advert, as this is an indication the seller does not want to be traceable and raises a very big red flag for the welfare of the dog and the conditions they are being kept in.

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