Pet Microchipping Offers Owners Incentives

A local pet owner was re-united with their lost dog over the weekend, thanks to a new microchip scanner.

A local pet owner was re-united with their lost dog over the weekend, thanks to a new microchip scanner. City bylaw officers started carrying the scanners in their cars over the weekend, so they can return animals to their homes, instead of to the SPCA. Fred Crittenden, Bylaw Supervisor, says microchipping offers pet owners a big incentive. "If you have a dog or a cat, that has been spayed or neutered, and has a microchip, as of January 1, you can get a lifetime licence for $80," said Crittenden. "That microchip is there for the life of the animal, and can be scanned anywhere in the world." The scanners are part of the new "Responsible Animal Ownership Bylaw", which comes into effect in the new year.

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