The city of Los Angeles is considering requiring a microchip placement in pets that have been lost, which will fine their owners $15 if they’re found.
According to the Los Angeles Times, while local shelters are already implanting the chips in any dog or cat who is adopted, the City Council is looking to provide a motion that will require all pet owners to get one for their furry friend.
The City Council feels it is a matter of pet health, and that it will offer better chances of recovering the missing pet and returning it to its owner.
Linda J. Barth, assistant general manager for L.A. Animal Services, told the news provider that more that 4,000 dogs have been recovered, many of them with microchips. When the pets are returned to a shelter, a device is used to scan a tiny barcode that reveals the owner from a database.
The chips cost under $10 and the procedure is quick and painless to the animal, calming the fears of animal enthusiasts.
These chips may be a good idea for the country, as ASPCA reveals that only 15 to 20 percent of lost dogs and less than 2 percent of cats are returned to their owners.