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Microchip Bill Could Reunite Owners with Lost Rovers and Fidos, While Saving Shelters Cash
When San Diego assemblyman Ben Hueso lost his dog, he couldn't find him at any of the local animal shelters for weeks.
It turns out the dog had turned up at a shelter all the way in Fresno. Lucky for Hueso, he had a small microchip implanted into the dog, so the Fresno shelter was able to scan the dog and reunite him with Hueso.
Lawmakers have sent Governor Jerry Brown (and his corgi Sutter Brown) a bill that would require all cats and dogs that are adopted or reclaimed at shelters to be implanted with this microchip.
The pluses for owners are obvious: those microchips would help lost animals, like Hueso's, become reunited with their owners more easily.
And that will be good for shelters, too, which are often crowded with lost pets, according to Sen. Ted Lieu, the South Bay representative who is sponsoring the bill.
He said shelters in California impound more than 1 million dogs and cats — and then euthanize more than half of these animals who are not reunited with their owners.
"Our hope is to get more animals home right away instead of filling up cage space," said Judie Mancuso whose animal welfare organization, Social Compassion in Legislation, sponsored the bill.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.