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Dead pets saved from tip

[Feature article from Moreland Leader, 26 May 08]

Moreland Council has changed its procedures for handling dead pets after a Glenroy family’s dog was dumped at a tip in January.

The procedure overhaul followed a Leader report that microchipped pets without registration tags found dead on Moreland streets were dumped at Epping tip, with families left in the dark (Leader, January 21).

In a council report, city…

“Abandoned”?

A member of the public brought an “abandoned” cat to the shelter claiming that the cat was very friendly (which it was) and stating that the cat had arrived on her doorstep last night. The person lived on an isolated farm and assumed that the cat had been dumped by some irresponsible owner.

The cat was scanned and a microchip was found. When we contacted the owner they were ecstatic. The…

The case of the stolen Doberman

A girlfriend of mine, Kirsten, once bought a purebred Doberman called Traddles. At the time, microchipping was relatively new and was not well known in the community as a form of pet identification. However, Kirsten’s father, who was a vet, saw the value in microchipping and so microchipped Traddles.

Kirsten and Traddles enjoyed two years together until, one unfortunate day, Kirsten came home to find that Traddles was missing. She…