Ill. governor signs microchip scan bill into law

08/4/2011 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a new law this week designed to help people reunite with lost pets by requiring shelters to scan dogs and cats for microchips within 24 hours of the time they come in and again before animals can be adopted, moved or euthanized. Shelter workers are also required to do a complete physical search of the animal for tags, tattoos or other identifiers that might help find the owner.

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