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Donated scanner helps track pets
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Forsyth County News

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By: Jim Dean

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• For more information, call Forsyth County Animal Control at (770) 781-2138.

• To learn more about adopting a pet, call the Forsyth County Animal Shelter at (770) 888-2500 or stop by 1904 Old Atlanta Road.
Reuniting pets with their owners just got a little easier for the Forsyth County Animal Shelter.

Through a grant, the American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery has donated a microchip scanner to the shelter.

The scanner can be used to find the owners of an animal brought to the facility.

The microchips, which contain an identification number assigned to the animal, are used in small household pets, as well as larger animals like horses or cattle.

Sheriff’s Lt. David Waters, commander of the special services section, which includes animal control, said the additional scanner will allow more animals to be checked.

One scanner is kept in each of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s four animal control vehicles, allowing deputies to scan stray animals before taking them to the shelter.

“If we can return an animal back to its owner, we can save gas and time by not transporting the animal back to the shelter, plus we are able to get a pet home to its family sooner,” Waters said. “These new scanners will assist us greatly.”

He encouraged the owners of missing pets who have microchips to quickly notify the company that manufactured the devices, which is a crucial part of the process.