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What’s going on at animal shelter?

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Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2003 10:00 pm

I'm writing in reference to the Lodi Animal Shelter.

On June 28, The Record of Stockton published a story regarding a man named Jeff Green who had his purebred boxer named Nadia microchipped to ensure that if she was ever lost or stolen she would be returned to him.

Mr. Green and his family searched Lodi for more than a month visiting the local shelters and placed newspaper ads offering a reward for her return and noting she had a microchip implant.

Then Mr. Green saw a newspaper ad by the shelter that had a picture of his dog under the name Carmel. Mr. Green then called the Lodi Animal Shelter and was told that dog was adopted out two days earlier and there was nothing they could do to get his dog back.

How did Nadia slip through the system? Why wasn't her microchip detected if she was scanned?

Animal Services Supervisor Terri Arbuckle said in the article it's possible that Nadia was brought into the shelter when only a volunteer was there.

Regardless of who is there at the shelter, all of them should be scanning each and every animal that comes into the shelter.

The whole reason people microchip their animals is because they love them and want them to be returned.

This worries me because then I wonder just how many other people's beloved microchipped pet was lost due to them not even getting scanned at the shelter.

Also, I have been to the animal shelter three times in the last month looking to adopt a dog and each time I arrived there was no one even at the shelter during the adoption hours of 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

I have also driven past there on numerous occasions in the past three months and saw five to 10 people standing outside waiting for someone to get there.

How can anyone find or adopt an animal if there isn't someone there during these hours? What is going on there?

Kim Ribordy

Lodi

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