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The Arizona Legislature has passed a bill that will help identify lost dogs and hopefully reunite them more quickly with their owners.

Arizonans are encouraged to contact Governor Ducey and ask him to sign House Bill 2626.  Let him know this is a reasonable bill that will helps dogs and dog owners in the state.  Comments may be submitted online through the governor’s website.

House Bill 2626, among other provisions, will require shelters to thoroughly scan dogs and cats for microchips when they are impounded.  Reasonable efforts must also be made to contact the owner.

The bill also requires veterinarians to thoroughly scan for a microchip when a stray animal is brought into their clinic.

Finally, the bill would also apply to animal crematories when the animal is not brought in by the animal’s owner.

AKC Government Relations continues to monitor bills in Arizona impacting dog owners and will provide information as it is available.  For more information, contact AKC GR at