Dogs are already required to have a chip in Portugal since 2008 and now the Ministry of Agriculture wants the same thing to happen with cats, the Público newspaper says. A new decree-law bill will require everyone who has been born until this Saturday to have a chip by 2021. However, for those born after Sunday, owners have only three months to do so.
The law says it covers domestic cats, but also those in shops or associations and, according to the newspaper, those who do not respect the deadlines can be required to pay a fine ranging from 50 euros to 3740 euros. For cat breeding and selling companies, as well as for shelter associations, the fines can reach 44890 euros.
The chip is not larger than a grain of rice and is introduced under the skin of the animal through an injection into the back of the neck at the veterinarian. In case of disappearance or even abandonment, with the chip it will be possible to know both the name of the cat and its owners, as well as their contacts and address.
Depending on the situation, if owners or companies and associations do not comply with what is described in the law, other sanctions may be applied, including the loss of their cats or the impediment of participating in animal fairs.
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