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Dogs and cats reclaimed from L.A. city shelters will be required to be microchipped

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Friday to require that all pet dogs and cats redeemed from city shelters by their owners be microchipped before their release.

The tiny microchip, injected by a needle under the skin, contains an identification number that correlates to a listing in a database that includes information about the animal’s guardian, alternative contact and veterinarian. Whenever an animal is turned into a shelter, it is scanned for a microchip.

The city already requires that dogs and cats up for adoption at city shelters be microchipped before they are adopted. Their new owners pay a $15 fee for the service. And the shelters allow all pet owners to schedule appointments to bring in cats and dogs to have them microchipped at a fee of $25 per animal.

Microchipping is considered one way to help reunite owners with their animals and reduce the euthanasia of those lost pets languishing in shelters whose owners can’t be located.

Extending the microchip ordinance to pets in shelters reunited with their owners not only raises the chances of future reunifications but also increases revenues for the city. 

In a 2007 letter to the City Council on this issue, former L.A. Department of Animal Services General Manager Ed Boks said that if the 4,030 dogs reunited with their owners in 2006 had been subject to mandatory microchipping at $15 an animal, the city would have made $60,450.

-- Carla Hall

Comments () | Archives (5)

Am I the only one upset that the city sees this as yet another revenue stream? The money charged for the microchipping should go only to the cost of the procedure and labor, not to the LA General Fund. They get enough of our money without exploiting every facet of our lives to get more money.

The city of LA, or another governmental agency has no right to require this "microchipping" ! Taxation without representation. We the people do not need or want government bureaucrats taking our freedoms or our money.

The animal shelters could have gotten more money if some of the employees were not LAZY. I went to 11 AVE to buy a kitten, and took the number off of their web site. The kitten was not in the right cage. I was told when the employees cleaned the cages, they did not put the animals back into the right cage. I did buy a kitten, and the kitten was Sick. My VET told me to turn the kitten, and I did. They would not refund my money. I was told I would only get credit for everything, except the surgery. Even the employees in the office act those they do not want to work. ED Boks, was in charge, but was not doing his job.
I now, get my pets in Carson, and the employees do a good job there. Carson is the day, and 11 Ave is the night.

I am still waiting to receive my paperwork for my tags from LA. I might have to make up my own paperwork once again, and send the $15.00. This is how the city takes care of business, and that is why we are in a mess. The city does not collect the money like they should.

I don't mind the fee (after all, all dogs should be chipped for their own safety - both of mine are), but the money should go to help run the shelters above their established (and way too low) budgets. They should go a step further and require owners who re-claim their lost pets to have them spayed or neutered.

I agree with Andy, I like the microchip idea simply to relocate your pet if ever lost and found by animal control. I dont agree that a portion of that money goes to the city....why should it? it only gets mis-used...What money is made from the animal shelter on microchips should be spent on better shelters! It should also be a felony to breed animals without a Jury approved license to do so...To many animals are being let go or dumped into an alley simply because the owner did not know what he was getting himself into...


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