In a message dated 07/02/2000 12:26:24 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
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<< There are rumours at dog theives and some Labs will kill chipped
 dogs rather than return them. This seems unlikely to me >>

You are right, it is unlikely--all they have to do is cut out the chip. This
is why tattooing is still needed.

<< it would be
 cheaper to just dump them loose by the side of the road. >>

The cost of the euthanasia solution or a bullet is less than the cost of
gasoline (especially these days). Dumping is also riskier--someone might see
and report the dumping (not that much would be done about it).

<<There is no question that not all Lab scan the dogs they get in.)

Absolutely correct. The AM article describes scanned AND tattooed dogs found
at a kennel supplying medical researchers.

The article is excellent, by the way.

Susan Shott
StreetSmart Dog Training
1426 Wyndham Circle
Palatine, IL 60074
APDT Member #  5180, exp. 3/1/2001