Full Title Name:  Are impounding facilities required to scan a lost pet for a microchip?

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Charlotte Walden Place of Publication:  Michigan State University College of Law Publish Year:  2017 Primary Citation:  Animal Legal & Historical Center 0 Country of Origin:  United States

In addition to collars with identification tags, another option many people chose to help identify a lost pet is a microchip implantation. Yet, as of 2017, only eight (8) states require animal shelters, animal pounds, or animal control to scan for this microchip. In the few states that have these laws, once the microchip is scanned and the owner is identified, animal control, the animal pound, or the animal shelter must contact and notify the owner. If the owner fails to pick up the pet after a certain amount of days, the animal may be offered for adoption or may be euthanized.

 

The states that have such provisions are: 

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