Charlie Bolton, leader of the Green party councillor group has been contacted by a number of people asking that Bristol City Council scan the bodies of deceased cats for microchips and inform the owners (see below).
Councillor Bolton has contacted officers within the council who inform him that:
'Bristol City Council has had this process is in place for quite some time. If animals are chipped then the owner will be notified if our crews are called to pick them up.'
'I am a cat owner myself, and it went missing for a month earlier this year. So I am fully aware of the upset this can cause in a household. So, while the council clearly has to work on many crucial issues across the city, I am pleased that they do offer this service'.
Councillor Bolton is also trying to find out if there is a way people can direct their queries.
Councillor Charlie Bolton
Leader of the Green Group
Dear Councillor Bolton,
When a cat is hit and killed by a vehicle, it is devastating for their owners. But sometimes, when a cat goes missing, its owners may never find out if they are lost or have been killed in a road accident. There is no closure for the owners and their feelings of loss may go on and on.
After a Care2 petition, some councils have agreed to scan the bodies of any deceased cats they find for microchips. They're then able to inform the owners, and keep a record in case owners get in touch with them.
Can you tell me if our council does the same? Don't let cat owners be left with no closure for their loss. If we don't already, please can you introduce a policy of scanning deceased pets for microchips, informing owners and keeping records of animals killed by vehicles?