MIJAS is finally getting tough on illegal pets.
In a bid to clamp down on street mess and nuisance noise, the town hall has invested in half a dozen chip readers to locate unregistered animals.
Residents will be fined 750 euros for unregisted pets, as well as up to 3,000 euros for failing to clear up dog mess.
In the first successful use of the machines, a British expat was located after his dog was rounded up after defecating in La Cala.
Councillor Mario Bravo said the scheme is aimed to stop dogs running loose and fouling the streets, but the microchipping also extends to cats and ferrets.