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Lubbock veterinarian explains importance of microchipping pets

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Shelli Wolfe Shelli Wolfe

Just 24 hours after we brought you a story about a local family whose cat was mistakenly put down, city officials are looking into changes that need to be made at the Lubbock Animal Shelter.

Mayor Robertson says that it's time to take a look at the animal shelter procedures and policies, and, according to the Hughes family, city officials have promised that promised changes will come to the Lubbock Animal Shelter.

Robertson says that means taking a closer look at shelter procedures, staff and facilities.

The Lubbock Animal Services website says having a pet microchipped is the best insurance policy for a lost animal, but for the Hughes family, even that wasn't enough.

Dr. Shelli Wolfe of Live Oak Animal Hospital says that doesn't make the issue of microchips any less important.

"Once it's placed in, it's permanent and it's unique to that animal; there's no other animal in the world with that same number," Wolfe said.

"With the permanent, even if a cat doesn't have a collar, they still have an identification system in place," Wolfe said..

However, microchips do not track where animals are at all times.

"People have some common misconceptions that these are GPS tracking systems but they are not," Wolf said.

The microchip is similar to a digital dog tag with all of the owner's information.

"It goes in the shoulder blades. Once you press that plunger, a piece of what looks like long grain white rice will go under the skin," Wolfe said. "This will pick up a number and it'll (assign) the unique number to the pet as well as a 1-800 number we can call so we can access who that chip is registered to."


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