OWNERS of dogs and cats will no longer be required to have their dogs and cats microchipped.
Chips will only be required for cats and dogs when they travel abroad, after parliament recently amended the respective law on October 22.
By introducing mandatory chips for animals, Slovakia exceeded the scope of its obligation outlined by the EU directive, which currently requires microchips only animals that are transported across borders.
In the meantime, thousands of owners of cats and dogs had their pets chipped by late September 2013, the Sme daily reported. Some people did that under the threat of fines of up to €300 from the State Veterinary Administration.
Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports
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23. Oct 2013 at 14:00