There is a city in Arkansas that has decided that all pets must have a microchip. It is a mandatory requirement so that they can identify their pets. This is one the strictest ordinances that this city has passed. No pets are allowed to be running outside, and all the pets have to be vaccinated for rabies. Another rule is that no vicious dogs are allowed as pets. This city is trying to make it safe for the pets and also for the residents of the city. If a pet was picked up and taken to the animal shelter, they would be able to scan the microchip to find out who the owners are.
Would this rule be a terrible imposition on the residents of this city? Will it cost too much? What does it entail to have a microchip placed in a pet? The microchip is only about the size of a grain of rice., and will be implanted near the pet's shoulders. The cost is about $10 - $15 each. The fine if they did not do it would be from $50-$250. So it would be much cheaper and safer to have the microchip put in. The resident should be happy to comply because their pets will be safe, and if they lose their pets, it would be so easy to find them.
The other day there was show on Law and Order where this man was searching for his dog and followed his GPS system. He found his dog, but when the police went into the house where the dog was, they found a dog fighting area. Unfortunately, they used this man's pet as the victim. The man was too late to save his dog. These things happen in the movies and the shows. But taking precautions with our real life pets is better than finding them hurt or run over by a car.
A man was driving on an Arkansas highway and when he passed a bridge he saw a horrible sight. A dog was tied to the bridge with a rope, and several cars had hit him. The man did not have a large enough knife to cut through the rope and so he called the animal shelter to remove the dog from there. There are evil people who take pleasure in abusing animals. I think that microchipping our pets is a great idea. John Snyder of the Humane Society of the US, says that about 5-7 percent of all pets have microchips.