New regulations for the sale of
NEW regulations make it
illegal to sell puppies under 8 weeks old and the
sale of dog adverts must now include their microchip
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 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
The new regulations make it illegal
to sell puppies under 8 weeks old and the sale of
dog adverts must now include their microchip number.
government’s announcement, Becky Bristow, Executive
Director of Dogs Trust Ireland said: “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. 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.”
Dogs Trust are calling on members of the public to
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.