MASON, Mich. — After being missing for eight months Lulu, a puggle-type dog, is safely back home with her family thanks to her microchip.
Officials say the south Lansing dog has a habit of getting loose. They believe someone found her eight months ago and she ended up getting loose from them.
She was found by an animal control officer on Wednesday and the officer was able to scan her for a microchip.
A pet microchip is an implant that's about the size of a grain of rice, according to Ingham County Animal Control.
It goes under the skin between a pet's shoulder blades. When the microchip is scanned it shows a 9 to 12 digit number that can be traced back to the owner's information.
Lulu's microchip helped the animal control officer identify her owner.
Ingham County Animal Control Lulu never had to step foot in a shelter because of it and want the same outcome for other families.
They say microchips aren't GPS. They show a permanent sign of ownership and don't fall off or get worn down like a collar.
Ingham County Animal Control wants people to know that since you can't see microchips it's essential to have loose pets scanned for them. There are multiple chip registration companies you can check online. They also say you can check with manufacturers directly to see who bought the microchip.
They also suggest that people report finding to the local animal control authority.
Ingham County Animal Control says if a chip hasn't been registered you can check with a veterinary office or shelter for owner information.
If you are interested and want to get your pet microchipped the Ingham County Animal Control is providing them to the public for $20. They say you can also check with your veterinarian.
For more information on Ingham County Animal Control click here.
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