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Microchip-scan law for animal shelters goes into effect Friday

By Matt Smith | Dec 30, 2015

Brenna Cullerton | Contributed photo

A new law requiring dogs and cats to be scanned for microchips within 24 hours of arriving at an animal shelter is set to go into effect on Friday.

State Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-Dist. 23) introduced the initiative to bring Illinois up to date with new technology used for keeping track of pets.

“My dog Brenna is like a member of my family," Cullerton said. "If something happened to her, like most pet owners, we would want to find her as soon as possible. This new law puts protections in place for cat or dog owners to find lost pets quickly and efficiently.”

Under the current Animal Control Act, scanning a dog or cat is not required of animal shelters before they put a pet up for adoption or euthanize it.

“This new law will save shelters some money and stop a lot of heartbreak,” Cullerton said.

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