LOGAN — As the Logan Police Department has taken over animal control services for the city, their goal has been to return every impounded pet to its owner. During the first three months, they have quickly learned that proper identification of pets is the key to that goal.
Lt. Brad Franke said the police department has teamed up with the Bridgerland Technical College Animal Sciences Department, hosting three dog microchipping clinics during October. The registered microchips give pets a silent voice and gives owners peace of mind that their animals will always find their way home.
“One of the things we learned was that microchipping was the key to getting everybody’s pets home,” Frankie explained. “Collars come off, tags come off, dogs get babysat, cats get babysat by other people, and so microchips is the way to always get a pet home.”
The first clinic was held October 11. Around 150 dogs were equipped with the small microchips that are about the size of a grain of rice. The remaining clinics will be October 25 (tonight) from 4-8 p.m., and Saturday, October 27 from 10-2 p.m.
Frankie said the microchips cost just $10 and are registered for the life of the pet through the international database, Petlink. Once a dog is microchipped, animal control officers can use a scanner in their vehicle to immediately contact the owner.
“If we don’t have a chip or we don’t have a tag, then we have to go through the impound process. We have to go through the process of trying to reach out. It’s like a little kid that is lost but they can’t talk.”
The police department just finished building a new impound facility to be able to care for animals. Prior to the new building, animals were being temporarily housed in Brigham City.
Frankie said microchips not only help pets be returned home but can save owners the costly expense of impounding. The city charges $15 a day to care for animals, on top of a $30 impound fee.
“We have a lot of dogs come in and it’s pretty rare for us to find a microchip yet but we had one this week. It was so fantastic. A younger pup, we scanned it and got the owner’s [information], called them, and saved them the impound fees. We solved a homicide [death of Merrilee Cox-Lafferty] with a microchip, it was really a major factor in helping us put this case together.”
The microchip clinics this month are just for dogs. Owners are asked to have proof of current rabies vaccination, and have the dogs on a leash or in a pet carrier. A similar clinic for cats is being planned for November.