Shelter executives have argued that they have provided the chips - about the size of a grain of rice - to thousands of animals for years without incident. They worry that their inability to provide free or low-cost microchips to pet owners will seriously reduce the number of animals receiving microchips, resulting in more animals ending up in shelters.
"We are restricted more than what we thought and it will stay that way," said Dr. Brian Huntsman, medical director for the Humane Society of Greater Miami.
His organization and many others use veterinary techs out in the field to implant microchips in dogs and cats that have owners.
Shelter owners also worry that the board's decision to let the law stand as it is without specifically addressing the microchip issue will continue to create confusion.
"We are still very concerned about what this means for disaster response and recovery," said Jennifer Hobgood, Florida State Director Southeast Regional Office of the Humane Society of the United States. "When we come into the state and everything has been blown away and we need to track these animals, what does that mean? This is a problem and it's something the legislature needs to address."
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Vets must put microchips in pets, state says
The Palm Beach Post reports on the decision by the Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine to require a licensed veterinarian to implant microchips in pets. According to the article, shelters will still be allowed to microchip pets put up for adoption, but will no longer be able to offer low cost or free microchipping services without a licensed vet implanting the chip. From the article: