Some pet owners are choosing to have a chip implanted in their pet - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Some pet owners are choosing to have a chip implanted in their pet

Memphis Animal Control is dealing the problem of trying to unite lost pets with their owners. First, you should have a collar with a correct address and phone number on it. Or you may want to go high tech. Some pet owners are choosing to have a chip implanted in their pet. It's small and we're told fairly painless. Each pet that comes into Animal Control is scanned to see if a chip is implanted. But there's a problem. Some of the older scanners don't recognize different brands of chips and the scanners cost several hundred dollars to replace. Right now Animal Control only has one that works. The other problem is people who get the chips implanted but never registered. Tracy Dunlap, Animal Control employee said, "Called the company, found out it was in Texas, but the owner had never registered the tip so we had no way to contact the owner and let him know the dog had been brought here. We had a lady that had a dog that had a chip in it, she had moved but didn't transfer information so all we had was an old address and old phone number, but fortunately they were able to contact her." Right now, Animal Control does not have the money to buy new wands so there is a chance that an animal with a chip could slip through the cracks. It costs around $45 to get the chip implanted and around $10 to have it registered.
Powered by Frankly