Fort Smith offers way to avoid mistaken pet pickups - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Fort Smith offers way to avoid mistaken pet pickups

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - The Fort Smith Police Department says pet monkeys, iguanas, snakes, parrots and the like - and very definitely bobcats - will be eligible for listing on a new city registry of exotic pets.

In March, the police department's animal-control officers captured and relocated to a wooded area miles outside the city a pet bobcat named Shadow who had been spotted lounging in a flower bed at a private home. Shadow's owners, Margie and Allen Marx, spent days searching for their pet before he turned up and was returned to his home.

An announcement from the police department today said that, after that ordeal, city officials decided to start an online exotic-pet registry to avoid a repeat of Shadow's mistaken relocation.

A news release from Sgt. Jarrard Copeland, police department spokesman, says the registry is now up and running. It allows pet owners to log on to a website and enter their animals' identifying information such as species, unique marks or characteristics, microchip number, and so forth.

The release said officials hope that, should another exotic pet be picked up, it will be returned promptly to its owners.

On the website, the registry reflects the name of the animal who started the whole thing. It's called the "Shadowbox Exotic Pet Registration."


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