Waltham Animal Control now has the ability to identify lost animals by scanning microchips implanted in their body.
The Massachusetts Animal Coalition has donated a microchip scanner to the city that can be used to scan and identify lost animals as long as they have the chip inside of them, according to a MAC press release.
Hopkington Drug partly paid for the scanner through donations.
Microchips have been used in animals for several years and provide a unique identification number, according to the release. The donation comes as a new state law requires ACOs to scan animals they take into custody for a microchip, according to the MAC.