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New legislation protects animals

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  New legislation in Georgia could spare some lost pets from meeting an untimely death.

The House voted unanimously to require Georgia's animal shelters to find a microchip in animals when they are brought in. If the animal has one, officials must make a reasonable effort to find the owner.

 The Albany Humane Society says many shelters already check animals for the chips. The shelters run into problems when an animal has a chip, but it hasn't been registered.

"If he comes in here we can scan him and we can run that chip ID number and trace it back to the owner only if they registered it though. A lot of people get the microchip and never register it, so when we call the company they have no idea who it belongs to," said Donna Strickland, Albany Humane Society.

In southwest Georgia, shelter workers say many animals don't have the chips, but there are some success stories for animals that do.

Animals have been returned as close as Florida and as far away as Pennsylvania.

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