Council may turn to microchipping pets

By GLEN PORTEOUSglenp@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

GLADSTONE City Council is going high-tech with man's best friend.

Microchipping of dogs and cats is being considered to help stop straying pets.

For about $65 most veterinary clinics are able to insert the chip into Rover or Kitty.

The chip is about the size of a grain of rice and can be read by a special scanner.

The chip has a unique number, similar to a barcode, which will be linked to a pet's owner's details on a central registry.

'This will give more ownership and responsibility to pet owners,' Ron Doherty, the council's manager of environmental services said.

The microchip is injected under the animal's skin and stays there for life. It is biocompatible, causes no tissue reaction and responds only when a scanner passes over it.

The microchipping system is expected to speed up the identification of lost animals and solve the problem of tags or collars coming off.

It is also possible this system could be made compulsory in Gladstone.

There are concerns it could cause irresponsible owners to dump their animals, however in the long-term it is expected to ease the problem.



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