Chipping of dogs due next April
A NEW law which may reduce sheep worrying could be in place in Wales by the spring.
Draft regulations on the compulsory microchipping of dogs in Wales have been laid before the Welsh Assembly.
They will be debated in Plenary on October 20 with a view to an April 2016 implementation.
This is in line with the date planned for similar legislation in England and Scotland.
As well as synchronising the chipping timetable, Welsh Government officials have been assessing the need to harmonise cross-border standards with England.
Deputy farming minister Rebecca Evans said: “It is firmly believed that compulsory microchipping will have a positive impact.... and encourage more responsible ownership.”