Santa Cruz County may soon become one of a few areas in the state to require pet dogs and cats to be injected with a permanent microchip identification.

The Santa Cruz County animal shelter board is scheduled to take up the proposed ordinance Monday evening.

Some pet owners believe the microchip proposal is overreaching and could prompt some pet owners to not claim their lost animals for fear of being penalized.

The procedure is now optional.

If passed, the proposal would go before the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. Each city in the county will also have a chance to vote on the issue in separate meetings.