Yesterday began the application of microchips to dogs uruguayans that will form part of the National Registry of pet Animals (Renac). At the last hour, veterinary, Montevideo, Canelones, Florida and Maldonado applied this device to 76 dogs.
Meanwhile, many owners complain on social networks for the measure that they consider has not been well communicated, revenue collection and invasive for your pets.
The system, which seeks to control the 1.740.000 canines in the country, is coordinated by the Commission on Responsible ownership and Animal Welfare (Cotryba). In recent months, this body —built by the Ministry of Livestock, Public Health, and the municipalities— trained 816 vets from all over the country, of which 350 already have a username and password to enter the system and add dogs. Tacuarembó is the only department that does not have vets trained in this topic.
Before apply this device, the size of a grain of rice, it checks to see that the animal has no health problems and have an «all vaccines» current.
Once confirmed its good state of health, the vet disinfected the back of the left ear and, with a sterile needle, which in its interior contains the chip, you insert the object of so hypodermic.
«If the animal has any scar or any wound is placed in the other alternative, which is at the level of the cross (the highest point of the shoulder blade),» said veterinarian Mary Martina Landau, Clinical Ellauri.
After applying this technology, it must insert the id number of 23 digits. According to the manager of Cotryba, Julio Pinto, the vets enter the information that you disclose a scanner that must be purchased, the cost of which is from 150 to 300 dollars.
The device does not have GPS. Anyway, to track an animal, it may be transferred to a vet who, through the microchip, will be able to find the owner.
Some pets obviously resist the process. Yesterday, for example, a woman of about 60 years paid for a chip for a Pig, a fox terrier in your property. When he went up to the table of the office for the intervention, the dog became defensive. «What we’re going to have to be sedated,» said Landau. To Leo, a labrador, was put in the device without problems.
The microchip assures the government, it does not create a health problem for animals and is placed only once in the life. Dogs that have travelled abroad and already have the device should go to a vet to be approved.
In the system, the physician must specify the species, breed, birth, chip number and the department. The owner is registered with name, surname, id, phone number, and email address. Veterinarians can add «events» to the animal: if it is lost, if it is recovered, or if the owner changes place of residence.
The control will start from January 1, 2018. According to Pinto, not set up a team of inspectors, but rather to build teams of Cotryba at the departmental level. And will be integrated by the chief of Police of each department and Health authorities, Livestock and a representative of each commune.
«It is not yet clear what kind of sanctions are going to be applied in this case,» said Pinto.
Gaston Cossia, deputy white, and a member of the Association of Veterinary Clinics for Small Animals, said that this record is created by Cotryba is «private». «They’re only going to be able to access it those who pay the cost,» he said.
According to said, is a policy that leaves out the «vulnerable sectors», such as people who can’t afford the cost of the microchip and the animal protectors. «They have to be allies in this process. If you do not register the totality of dogs, it is a system that does not work», he stressed.
Assured that during this process never took into account people who are trained in the matter. «That must explain the advantages of this are the vets. The commission is managed by an agronomist who has no studies in animal health,» he said. Also criticized has two records: the new Cotryba and the old Zoonoses, existing from the decade of 60, with about 100,000 dogs registered whose owners pay an annuity of 530 pesos.
The heads of the two agencies «do not coordinate and do not take actions in common. It is a problem of management of the government, because the Commission of Zoonoses and Cotryba are political positions,» he said.
In this situation, Cossia will introduce tomorrow a bill that aims to unify the records.
The authorities have trained more than 800 veterinarians from across the country on how to implement the small devices to the animals. In Uruguay there are four laboratories that provide this small chip, which the veterinary acquire about 200 pesos. «The maneuver has a cost of 300 pesos», he indicated to The Country in charge of a clinic of Pocitos.
There are animals that do not oppose to the intervention and others who need to be sedated. «It all depends on each animal» said Mary Landau, in charge of the clinic Ellauri.
Animalist: a measure with lack of education.
Gabriela Moreno, director of the organization’s Dog Shelter SOS, believes it is a «good and effective» but «not for this time of Uruguay».
«In other countries, where it is already established on the chip, there was a campaign of awareness to the public that was not done here,» he said.
The authorities demanded that all the dogs in the shelters, when given in adoption, must go out with the device placed. «It is a cost for the protective sheet, which we will try to transfer the owner adopter,» said Moreno.
This protective was not against the system, but urged people to «explain the benefits» of this new record and do awareness campaigns on a responsible ownership of pets.
According to the animalist, «it is important to be responsible of the canine, take it out with collar and leash, know that a dog of a particular breed can be a problem if largás to the street and to know the amount of traffic accidents than there are by dogs that are left without care of its owner.»
Moreno called it «unwise» to require the installation of this microdevice when you’re just finishing a campaign of collection of patent (the other record of the national Commission of Zoonosis) «with which people are already very angry.»
Advocated for the National Administration of Public Education apply education strategies.
Hunters of wild boar against the device.
The Hunters Association of Uruguay convened a march for tomorrow in all the departments under the slogan: «No to the chip in the dogs».
Clever López and Jorge Martinez, members of the association, believe that the initiative has a goal of net collection. «This is not going to solve the problem of overpopulation of dogs that exist,» said Martinez. «If you think it appropriate, that provide it free of charge», he noted.
«What we propose is to sit down and exchange ideas to reach an agreement because we think it’s an outrage the price of the chip,» said Lopez.
The hunters invite you to a demonstration tomorrow at 19 hours, in the courtyard of the Pope, in the department of Cerro Largo.
On the other hand, the association met with the authorities of the National Directorate of Environment to work on a new hunting law. «The people of Dinama was quite satisfied with the work we are doing. We are the first to meet up with them to bring projects to the new law. Our goal is to educate about the protection of our wildlife,» said Lopez.