UPDATE: Well, the nice lady (scammer victim) explained that the park is closed off so she, nor her husband, could enter. Of course, the scammer went crazy when they saw that and went inside to find the cat’s remains. Of course, they’re very likely to be found there. That’s the lucky break for those scammers, right there. The nice victims were, for whatever reason, unwilling to go beyond the fence of a closed park. Is that an indication that they . . .
Even under the best of circumstances, shelters do not really ever check for microchips. Good volunteers . . .
They lost this cat while traveling and even put up security cameras which failed to pick up any movement of their cat. That’s because their cat was not moving, by the 8 Day Rule. The cat was right there and of course the “search dog” couldn't find it, anyway. (Those scammers sure got their bundle of money, though. They make sure to get paid up front for the two hour dog walk.)
They are thinking . . .
Anyway, shelters never check for chips even though they all claim that they do. It’s a dirty secret. If they did find a chip they would have to expend resources . . .