BrennaSPRINGFIELD- Dogs and cats may soon be reunited with their owners faster.  

State Senator Tom Cullerton’s (D-Villa Park) initiative that requires animal shelters to scan a dog or cat within 24 hours of being taken into a shelter was signed into law today.

“This is common-sense legislation that will save the lives of cats and dogs while saving our local shelters money by making sure they only have to take care of pets without owners,” said Cullerton.

The number of cats and dogs reported missing has drastically decreased due to new technology such as microchips and on-line networks. Cullerton believes this new law will bring the state up-to-date and save all parties involved money in the long-run.  

Previously, under the Animal Control Act, public animal shelters are not required to scan for microchips. Dogs and cats can be adopted or euthanized from shelters without scanning for a microchip first.

“Pets are like members of your family.  I know if something happened to our family dog, Brenna, like most pet owners, we would want to find her as soon as possible,” said Cullerton.

House Bill 4029 was signed into law on August 7, 2015 and goes into effect on January 1, 2016.

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