Dogs delivered to the shelter will be microchipped and entered into the database within 72 hours

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Now, unregistered dogs delivered to the shelter will need to be chipped within 72 hours, entered into the database and within an hour inform the owner if the animal has a chip, the government of Latvia decided today, January 11.

Government-approved amendments provide that The owner of the shelter can return the dog to the owner, give the animal to another person or transfer it to another shelter only if the pet is microchipped, registered in the database and has a passport. Until now, the deadline for registration of animals has not been specified in the rules of the Cabinet of Ministers.

After the pet has arrived at the shelter, the owner of the shelter must identify the owner of the dog within one hour and immediately notify the time and place of receipt of the missing pet.

If the owner does not come for his pet within 24 hours after the announcement of the dog delivered to the shelter, the veterinarian registers the location of the animal in the database, indicating the address of the shelter, the date and time of the dog’s arrival.

The amendments stipulate that on the 15th day from the moment the animal is placed in the shelter, it is registered as the owner of the dog.

At the moment, the Food and Veterinary Service of Latvia has registered 27 shelters and 10 hotels for animals.

Amendments to the rules on keeping animals in shelters and hotels will enter into force on July 1, 2022.

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