Area animal controls react to new micro chip scan law

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Finding a lost pet can be a huge relief. One way animal control can make those reunions possible is scanning animals for micro chips.

It's a technology that's been around for awhile. But now there is a new North Carolina law requiring animal control officers to scan all the animals they find. And area county animal controls support the law.

New Year's day Scott Lindsley spent it putting up posters of his lost dog Tiki.

"I hope the good folks found him," said Lindsley.

Tiki went missing New Year's Eve. And Tiki was found New Year's Day in NODA.

"When they were leaving going home--saw Tiki running around in the street so he grabbed him so he wouldn't get hit by a car," said Lindsley.

Lindsley said he got Tiki a new collar.  And he was glad Tiki has a microchip. He said the new North Carolina law requiring animal control to scan for the chip gave him some hope.

"For someone who was in the position I was in yesterday, it'll make me more comfortable knowing that's there," said Lindsley.

Animal control officers in Gaston County said they scan all the pets they bring in.

"Certainly animals have a tendency that the collars can come off, lose the tags, this kind of thing," said Reggie Horton, the animal control administrator in Gaston County, "They're not going to lose the micro chip. I really think it's a terrific fail safe."

Horton said they've been using a universal scanner for years.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Iredell and Union counties all said they didn't need the law to get equipped. Animal control officers just hope more people get the chips for their pets.

"It's a non-surgical procedure. So, there's really nothing healthwise to be concerned as far as the pet goes."

Tiki has a little brother, Wickey.

"The youngest hasn't been chipped yet.  He's on the books for next week," said Lindsley.

That chip could help to bring the pet home.

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