Erie County SPCA purchasing animal microchip readers

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Erie County SPCA will soon have microchip readers in all of their rescue trucks. The SPCA says the readers will be another tool in their arsenal to investigate animal abuse, or to rescue an injured or trapped pet.

The small chips contain the owners contact information, and it’s placed under a dog or cat’s skin.

Barbera Burgett of Williamsville is an SPCA volunteer, and just recently her indoor cat Muffin escaped. Muffin was returned to Burgett just a few days later, after Muffin was spotted by a neighbor. Burgett says it’s a great example on why indoor animals should get chipped.

Burgett said, “It’s always good to have a safety net, in case they do get out, sometimes even the dog in the backyard, if the gate is not shut right, they can squeeze out, so it’s always good to have them chipped, so you can find the owners. There’s been stories of animals being chipped that were found states away and they found the original owners.”

When a dog or cat is found, the SPCA says the animal could end up at several places. The animal will usually end up at a a vets office, a shelter, or in the hands of an SPCA worker if the animal was hurt or in danger.

If the cat or dog ends up in certain shelters, and no owner can be found, they could be euthanized after several days.

The SPCA recommends all chipped cat or dog owners to keep their contact info up-to-date.

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