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Sunday, January 22
The Tribune reports that a proposed ordinance going to the Cook County Board for consideration would require all dog, cat and ferret owners to have ID microchips implanted in their pets. The idea behind the law is to make it easier to identify lost pets, but detractors point out that pet licensing rates in Chicago are fairly low (25-30%), which would indicate that a majority of pet owners perhaps have other priorities than getting chips implanted in their ferrets.