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The Dog Control (Microchip Transponder) Regulations 2005 came into force on 1 July 2006. They are technical regulations made under section 78(1) of the Dog Control Act 1996 that help implement the 2003 and 2004 amendments to the Act. Link here to a copy of the Regulations:
- The Dog Control (Microchip Transponder) Regulations 2005 (link to www.legislation.govt.nz)
The regulations were developed in consultation with a range of stakeholders and are largely based on the microchipping guidelines of the New Zealand Veterinary Association.
Dogs that need to be microchipped are:
- All dogs first registered from 1 July 2006, (except stock working farm dogs, which are exempt). These dogs will mainly be puppies when they are first registered at three months old.
- All dogs classified as dangerous or menacing, since 1 December 2003 (dogs classified as dangerous before 1 December 2003 will not have to be microchipped).
- Unregistered dogs that are impounded and released.
- Registered dogs that are impounded for a second time and released.
More information for dog owners about registration and microchipping is available on the Dog Safety website at: Registration and Microchipping
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