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San Antonio May Require Pet Owners To Microchip Cats And Dogs


Alamo City pet owners may be required to microchip cats and dogs. - WIKIMEDIA
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Next Thursday, San Antonio City Council will vote on a proposal to require owners of cats and dogs to obtain microchip implants.

Right now, all pet owners need to do is obtain a metal license tag showing the animal has been vaccinated for rabies and pay a fee. The proposal deletes that language from city code.

The new rule would be that any owner or keeper of a dog or cat must implant the animal with a registered microchip before it is four-months-old.

"A currently valid dog or cat license shall continue to be valid until its expiration. On or before its expiration, the owner shall have the animal implanted with a registered microchip in accordance with the provisions of this chapter," the proposal states.

If an animal is unsuitable for a microchip, a pet owner must mark it with an identifying tattoo from a licensed veterinarian and provide proof that the animal isn't medically suitable for microchipping, according to the proposal.

Take a look at the proposed changes:

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