More lost dogs in Sunland Park are being reunited with their owners, thanks to the recent donation of a portable microchip scanner to the city's animal control office.
The scanner, which retails for about $200, was donated through the efforts of the Doña Ana County Coalition for Pets and People.
The Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley gets its annual operating funds jointly from Doña Ana County and the City of Las Cruces.
Since the donation of the scanner, three dogs have been successfully returned home.
"For every animal that can be returned home, that saves the shelter about $215, which is the actual cost to process every animal brought in, whether they are reunited with their owner, adopted out, or euthanized," said Frank Bryce, President of the Humane Society of Southern New Mexico
The Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley in Las Cruces hopes that owners get their pets microchip, so it will be a step in the right direction to help manage the city's escalating animal control problem.