Long helps make it a little easier to locate lost pets
Illinois pet owners might not have as many problems with their furry friends getting lost thanks to a bill co-sponsored by Rep. Jerry Long (R-Streator) that Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law on Friday, according to a press release.
The law, which amends the Animal Welfare Act, makes it mandatory that any cat or dog sold in the state be microchipped. Microchipping involves the insertion of a computer chip roughly the size of a grain of rice just below the skin.
The microchips will be connected to a national database, which will aid in the tracking of pets that become lost or run away.
"This is an excellent piece of legislation that promotes safe handling of animals in both rescues and pet shops," Long said.
More information about the legislation can be found on www.ilga.gov.