DEAD cats are discarded by council officers without scanning them for ID chips, an animal lover has discovered.
Kerry Taylor, who runs a pet ambulance and pet sitting business, was shocked to find that Chester City Council does not scan the corpses for a microchip which contains the owner’s contact details.
The council has a scanner, but will only use it to return stray animals to their owner.
Kerry, of Bretton-based Pet Concepts, said: ‘I reported a dead cat near my home in Mickle Trafford that had no collar. The environmental waste team simply collected the dead animal for disposal.Š
‘We asked the council if they made an effort to contact the owner and they said only if there was a name and address on the collar.
‘I am completely shocked that the council says it hasn’t got time or resources to check for a chip.’
City council spokesperson Kathryn McGiveron said: ‘If a dead animal is reported, street cleansing officers take swift action to remove and dispose of the remains to protect members of the public from potential health risks.
‘The council recognises that microchips are an excellent way of tracing pet owners and regularly uses a scanner to identify stray or injured dogs.
‘The use of its equipment focuses on welfare and, unfortunately, there are no resources available to provide scanners to check animal remains.’
Kerry has started a petition to get the council to change its policy. Email email@example.com for details.