With a donation from the village's Emergency Services Director, Godfrey has a new wand-style RFID chip reader. The tool is already being put to use by Animal Control Officer Susie Stephan, who was having issues with her older-style reader being able to read the newer chips.

Emergency Services Director Chris Sichra approached Stephan with the idea for a donation. He tells The Big Z this new piece of equipment makes sense for a couple of different reasons.

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As a village service, he says this can also help identify a lost animal more quickly. Stephan says she recommends pet owners contact the microchip company and have their information linked to the chip rather than just leave it linked to the clinic or adoption center that implanted it. Doing so, she says, can help expedite the return of your pet.

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