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Lexington County Council passes ordinance that requires all dogs living here to have an injected microchip

Lexington, SC 06/15/2024 (Paul Kirby) – The Lexington County Council recently passed an ordinance to require that all dogs living in Lexington County have a microchip injected under their skin to identify their owner. This chip, about the size of a grain of rice, contains a unique identification number that when entered into a database, will give you the dog owner’s contact info. Lexington County Animal Control personnel will carry these scanners and most veterinarians, and rescue shelters will also scan lost animals for microchips free.  

 

Although there is a penalty for not chipping your pet right now, that will not be enforced for some time. A spokesperson for Lexington County has said they will allow plenty of time for educating people about this new ordinance and to get their dogs chipped.  

In the past, Lexington County required that all dogs have an identification tag that was securely attached to the dog’s collar. The problem with these was that sometimes the collar’s latch would break, or the tag’s hook would wear through. This would then allow lost dogs to wander loose with no way to find their owners. Lack of an identification tag increased the lost dogs that had to be kept at the Lexington County Animal Shelter on Ballpark Road.

 

The Lexington County Animal Shelter will chip your dogs at their offices for $10.00 each. There facility is located at 321 Ball Park Rd., Lexington, SC 29072. It only takes a few seconds and doesn’t usually cause the dog much pain. It is injected through a syringe slightly larger than the ones used to inject medicines.

 

For more information or to request further information on all ordinances regarding pets, call Lexington County Animal Services at (803) 785-8149.


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14 Comments


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Jun 21

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barnastabee
Jun 20

Where was the legal team on this? Chip implants aren't without their known risks. So, who should we bring the vet bill to if our dog develops a tumor attributable to the chip? Stop forcing invasive medical procedures.

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Debora Yasmine
Debora Yasmine
Jun 18

I uderstand the microchip is necessary for locating the owner but once located you really need to prosecute these people for abandoning their dogs or neglecting them . Also a more urgent ordinance is the no tethering(chaining) ordinance that most States/Cities have already passed. Another ordinance that would be most beneficial would be a requirement that ALL dogs are spayed or neutered! I can not believe this has not been passed with the over population crisis and over crowded shelters. This would solve a lot of issues! Stop these back yard breeders that care nothing about the dogs, just the money!

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doc fuginhawluhday
doc fuginhawluhday
Jun 18

my 125 pound brindle pit is as sweet as can be, until you stick her with a needle. in all probability you will most likely be bitten. its doubtful that we will comply.

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Mason Vaughan
Mason Vaughan
Jun 18

How about enforce the laws that need to be enforced. Take that fascism elsewhere like to a democrat crap hole where it belongs.

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