Microchip on dogs

dog owners in Taipei will now have to implant microchips in their dogs to help tackle the plague of strays in the city. The city administration has passed a new law that dog owners must put microchips in their dogs as soon as they are three months old.

The microchips will have a number that will reveal the owner's name, address, telephone number as well as information about the dog: its age, looks and vaccination date. "It can help us return missing dogs to owners,' said Cheng Chun-pin from the Taipei Municipal Institute for Animal Health. The Taiwan government hopes to introduce this system all over Taiwan. Taiwanese dog owners living in high-rise apartments often abandon their pets when they grow old. Stray dogs disrupt traffic, pollute streets and sometimes attack children.