Microchipping of dogs was introduced on 1 July 2006. This was a Government initiative.
Generally all dogs must be implanted with a functioning microchip of the prescribed type. A microchip is a reliable way to distinguish your dog for any other dog.
The microchip is a small transponder which is inserted into the scruff of the dogs neck. The procedure is painless and takes only a few seconds to insert. The chip contains unique number that belongs to your dog.
After the Council is advised of a dog's microchip number or has inserted the microchip themselves, they load that number against the dogs record on the Council database, which includes the dog's address and owner details.
The microchip number is uploaded along with the other dog and owner details to the National Dog Database which holds records of all dog registered in New Zealand.
Councils Animal Control Officers carry microchip scanners and can scan a dog to check for a microchip. From there will check all databases to see if that number is recorded in order to contact the owner or return the dog to its home.
Having your dog microchipped and ensuring that the Council has been advised of the number, is the best way to ensure that if your dog is found away from home, can be reunited as soon as possible.
The National Dog Database was designed so that any Council can scan your dog to find out its dog owners details greatly increasing teh chacne of you and your dog being quickly reunited. The database also enables Animal Control Officers to keep track of any stray dogs and any menacing and dangerous dogs that move around the country.
Trained officers can insert a microchip into your dog for a small fee. This service is only for dogs registered and reside in the Ashburton District. Dogs must be registered prior to being microchipped.
Your local vet can also insert a microchip in your dog at your dog at your expense (costs range from $20-$60). Remember to let the Council know the microchip number if you have your dog microchiped at the vet.
Dog already microchipped
If your dog is microchipped by a provider other than Ashburton District Council, you need to advise Council of the microchip number. Your vet will not do this for you, this is the dog owners responsibility. Where the Council doesn't have the microchip information on our database, it will be more difficult to reunite you with your lost dog.
Dogs registered fro the first time in New Zealand from 1 July 2006.
Dogs that have been impounded. Dogs that have been impounded will be microchipped prior to release.
Dogs that have been classified as menacing or dangerous from 1 December 2003.
Dogs not needing to be microchipped
Three plus dogs permit
Impounding and infringements
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