Reducing Stray Dogs in the Lehigh Valley

Posted on: May 7th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

An April 29, 2012 article on discusses a new approach to reducing stray animals, including dogs in the Lehigh Valley. Palmer Township will spend $400.00 on a hand-held scanner that can read microchips implanted under a pet’s skin. The City of Easton spends around $43,000.00 per year to pay for an animal control officer and fees to shelters to take in stray animals.

While installing microchips in pets is voluntary, the Northampton County municipality is hoping many animal owners spend the $62.60 fee to have the chips installed. A lost dog with an imbedded chip can be identified with the scanner and returned to its owner. Some animal shelters charge 3x as much to house a pit bull as compared to other dogs. By identifying pit bull owners, the Township hopes to save thousands of dollars.

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