THE LAST mad dog to be found in Singapore was back in 1953, in the days when sick canines shared the midday sun with Englishmen. But from next month, every dog imported into this tiny island-state will need to carry a microchip, certifying that it is free of doggy diseases such as rabies.

Beginning May 1, overseas exporters and private owners will have to splash out a "relatively small amount" to microchip their pet dogs and puppies before exporting them to computer-savvy Singapore.

On arrival in the country, officers from the ...

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