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Calif. May Become First State To Require Microchips For Pets

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — California may become the first state to require microchips for your pet.

Supporters believe it will cut costs at shelters by reuniting lost animals with their owners more quickly.

Californians spend approximately $300 million a year to impound, care for and, in half the cases, euthanize stray pets, according to one report.

Currently 13 percent of lost animals are reunited with their owners. Proponents of the microchip law would increase that number.

Microchipping usually costs between $20 and $40.

A vote on the bill is expected later this summer.

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