Jan 05 2013

A Very Joyful Reunion – Microchip your pet!

“Blue” first presented to Southdown Animal Clinic on August 31, 2010 for his initial puppy examination.  Blue was an adorable Siberian Husky puppy with piercing blue eyes and lots of energy! Over the next year Blue came in for his puppy vaccinations, heartworm & flea prevention and his neuter.  At the time of his neuter his owners elected to have him microchipped.

On December 31, 2011 Blue ran out through the front door at home – an unfortunate accident.  Blue’s family searched the neighbourhood and posted signs throughout the area.  They contacted Oakville- Milton Humane Society and Mississauga Animal Services but unfortunately were not able to locate Blue.  They informed M4S ID, the microchip company, that Blue was lost or stolen.  Over the next few months Blue’s family continued to look for him but started to lose hope of ever seeing him again.  Almost a year later on November 1, 2012 Blue’s family was contacted by Victims Services Canada – they showed the family a photo of a dog that they believed belonged to them.  It was Blue! The family was informed that Blue had been stolen by a woman driving through their neighbourhood on December 31, 2011.  The woman had been arrested and was in the process of being charged with human trafficking.  During the arrest the dog in her home had been seized by the authorities.  The dog was scanned for a microchip and based on the information provided during the original microchip registration process, the dog was identified as Blue and his rightful owners were identified as well.  Once the RCMP had completed their processing Blue was released into the custody of his loving and very anxious family!

Once safely home Blue’s family brought him to Southdown Animal Clinic for a full examination, updating his vaccinations and a groom & bath.  Blue had lost some weight, was a little anxious but overall in good health.  Today Blue is at home with his loving family enjoying the comforts of warm beds, toys and lots of hugs.  Blue’s family is thankful that they made the decision to microchip Blue – that simple procedure brought him back home to them and they look forward to many more years with him!

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is implanted under the skin between the shoulder blades.  A microchip is a permanent form of identification – collars and tags may fall off and tattoos may stretch or fade.  A pet can be scanned at any veterinary clinic or animal shelter and the information is retrieved from M4S ID’s North American pet recovery database.  At Southdown Animal Clinic we strongly recommend every pet have a microchip implanted.

This is a link to the Hamilton Spectator article:  http://www.thespec.com/news/crime/article/843458


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