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ISPCA tips to help prevent your dog from being stolen

The ISPCA is asking pet owners to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activities to the Gardai following a number of reports recently highlighted in the media about dogs being stolen.  

It is understood that dogs and puppies for sale online have been reaching astronomical prices over the past few months, due to high demand, when more people have been at home. While statistically dog theft is still quite rare, it is hugely distressing for dog owners. 

We have put together some useful tips and advice to help prevent your pet(s) from being stolen.

The ISPCA is emphasising the importance of microchipping your pet(s) and to also check that your contact details are registered and correct on the microchip database.  A microchip certificate will then be issued so it is important to keep this document safe and remember to update your contact details, if you move house, change your phone number or transfer ownership of your pet.  If your contact details are not up-to-date, it will not be possible to contact you in the event that your pet goes missing. If your pet is not microchipped, please contact your vet and book an appointment to get it done today!

All dogs and puppies are legally required to be microchipped before they leave the land or premises where they were born, or before they reach 12 weeks of age, whichever comes first. A puppy must be microchipped and the ownership transferred if applicable, even if this is before 12 weeks.

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