It’s official: Microchipping pets required as of Jan. 1 2017

HARLINGEN — Get ready to microchip your dogs and cats.

City commissioners have approved the ordinance requiring dog and pet owners to microchip their pets by Jan. 1, 2017, or face $266 fines.

The ordinance also sets hefty fines for pet owners who let their dogs or cats run loose.

It’s all part of a push to cut the number of stray dogs and cats euthanized at the Humane Society’s animal shelter, officials said.

Last year, the animal shelter euthanized 6,299 dogs and cats.

The ordinance requires dog and cat owners to install a microchip in their pet that allows the animal shelter to identify the pet owner.

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