Sunday, February 20, 2011

Dogs with microchips reunite with owners

By Cathy Locke, The Scaramento Bee

A dog recovery railroad between the capital region and Pacific Northwest has been extremely active in past week – thanks to microchips implanted by their owners.
Two years after he was stolen from his Oregon home, a mixed-breed pit bull terrier named Willie has been returned to his original owners after a Folsom family found the dog online and adopted him.
And construction worker Bryan Rapozo drove from Rio Linda to the Tacoma, Wash., area Saturday morning to be reunited with his beloved Bear, a rat terrier mix at the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County. In the first case, the Folsom family found that when they took Willie to a local animal hospital for treatment recently that the dog bore a microchip, implanted for identification purposes. Through the microchip they learned of the dog's two-year ordeal of kidnapping, police seizure and foster families, according to the Folsom Police Department.
After he was stolen from his home in Roseburg, Ore., Willie ended up on the Yurok Indian Reservation near Crescent City, where he was known as Kane.
He was seized by Yurok tribal police, the suspected victim of animal cruelty and abandonment. He was offered for adoption online.
On Tuesday, the dog's Oregon family came to Folsom, where they were reunited with their Willie, and he is now back in his old home.
In Bear's case, a woman who didn't identify herself turned in the 20-pound dog Thursday to the Humane Society, saying she found him roaming in Lakewood. Thanks to Bear's microchip, Rapozo was contacted. He thinks someone took the dog and it got away.
The Folsom Animal Services Department will put microchips in pets for a fee of $20 and provide vaccinations for $5. The services are offered from 6 to 8 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary.
For more information, call Animal Services Officer Cindy Walden at (916) 439-2268 or e-mail her at cwalden@folsom.ca.us.

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