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Pet Microchip Bill Passes State Senate

Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 7:35am

One state Senator is pushing a bill that would require more pets to be registered with micro-chips.

Hundreds of people have brought their dogs and cats out into the summer heat at Capitol Park for a free micro-chipping event. Inside a trailer, Sacramento SPCA Shelter Medicine Chief Laurie Siperstein-Cook uses a thick needle to implant the chip – about the size of a grain of rice – between the shoulder blades of a cooperative young Chihuahua.

Democratic Senator Ted Leiu has written a bill that would require anyone who adopts a dog or cat from a shelter to get them micro-chipped within 30 days. If you lose your pet and pick it up from the shelter, you’d have the same requirement.

“Every year in California we impound over one million animals,” said Leiu. “Half of them are euthanized.”

Lieu says it would save the state and local governments more than 300 million dollars a year. The bill has passed the Senate and must still be taken up by the full Assembly.

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