LANCASTER – A series of free clinics starts today at the Lancaster Animal Shelter for dog owners to have their pets implanted with tiny microchips that hold identification data. A new Los Angeles County ordinance requiring the chips – about the size of a grain of rice – takes effect today, with a grace period of three months. The chips will be implanted free for dogs living in Quartz Hill, Littlerock and other unincorporated county territories affected by the new regulation. Residents also will receive free lifetime registration for their animals. The program will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Sunday and from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. The shelter is at 5201 W. Ave. I, Lancaster. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The county Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance requiring all dogs – except for qualifying show dogs, guide dogs and police dogs – be spayed or neutered and that dogs more than 4 months old be implanted with the identifying chip. The procedure is nonsurgical and requires no anesthetic. Each microchip has a code number embedded in it that can be read by a hand-held scanner. The number is stored in a database that included the owner’s contact information. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!