July 31, 2009
Two days ago, a good Samaritan brought a stray dog to the County of San Diego’s shelter on Gaines Street after finding the dog in the Clairemont area.
All stray animals are scanned for a microchip when they arrive at County shelters and as luck would have it, a microchip was detected. Once staff checked with the microchip company to obtain the owner’s information, a phone call was made to notify the owners that their dog had been brought to the shelter.
The dog, a male French bulldog named Deuce, had vanished from the home of Kevin and Kelly Hill in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles on Nov. 15, 2008. How the dog ended up in San Diego is a mystery, but it is safe to assume that someone brought the dog down from the Los Angeles area.
“Having your animal microchipped is a painless procedure that truly does ensure that your pet has a ticket home,” said Dawn Danielson, Director of the Department of Animal Services.
The Department of Animal Services strongly encourages all pet owners to have their animals microchipped so the animal can be identified if it ends up in a shelter and pet owners should also register the microchip with both the company and the animal shelter.
Microchips can be obtained at all three of the County animal shelters on every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3 pm.
With proof of a dog license, the Department will microchip dogs for a one-time fee of $20, which includes the registration. Dogs must have a current license or the owner must purchase one at the time in order to obtain the microchip.
For more information regarding microchips, visit at www.sddac.com.
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