LOGAN — As the Logan City Police Department continues to operate their own animal control services, officers are trying to reduce the number of animals impounded. To reach their goal, they have held several micro-chipping clinics where dogs or cats can be implanted with a small microchip. The chip, approximately the size of a grain of rice, can be programmed with the animal owner’s contact information.
Police Lt. Troy Thurston said the next clinic will be held Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will once again be in the Bridgerland Technical College west campus at 1410 North 1000 West. He is hoping dog owners from throughout the county will bring their animals in to be chipped.
“We are looking to find any dog in Cache County, so we can get those owners their dog back should they become lost,” explained Thurston. “We don’t care whether you are in Logan City, Nibley, Trenton, or Tremonton. We don’t care.”
Police held an earlier clinic April 11th and had more than 100 participants. The department held similar clinics last fall and chipped more than 400 dogs.
Thurston said the microchips are a win-win for both police and animal owners. Dogs or cats who are chipped can be scanned by Animal Control Officers and immediately returned, avoiding the impound process that can be costly.
“It’s a non-invasive scan, takes a couple of seconds, just over that area where we have chipped the dogs and we can just simply get it back to the owner. In a matter of seconds we know where we need to take them.”
The microchips cost $10 and are registered for the life of the pet through the international database Petlink. Owners that pre-register for the clinic with the police department can purchase the chips for $8. They will be implanted by BTECH Animal Science students.
Thurston asked owners to have proof of current rabies vaccination and have the dogs on a leash or in a pet carrier when they arrive. Saturday’s clinic is just for dogs. A similar event for cats is being planned for May 18.