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Spay-neuter bill in Alabama could cut down animal overpopulation

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LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -

Lee County Humane Society Director, Bobbi Yeo, hopes that the Alabama Legislature will pass a bill that would enable the shelter to utilize their newly constructed spay and neuter clinic.

"We could open a spay and neuter clinic that we completed construction on last year and open it to the public to provide low-cost spay and neuter services and what happened in other places such as the clinic in Birmingham, the number of animals taken in by the Shelby Humane Society went down 20 percent in the first year and that what we are looking for in Lee County," explains Yeo.

HB 141, sponsored by Representative Patricia Todd, would allow non-profit organizations, like the Lee County Humane Society, to hire licensed veterinarians and open low-cost spay and neuter clinics to help decrease animal overpopulation numbers in the state.

"I figure we are taking in about 190,000 strays a year in Alabama and 110,000 are being euthanized," says Yeo.

This bill has come to the legislature for the past last three years.

In 2012 it was amended heavily, and last year the bill passed in the house and went to the senate where it was never voted on. 

Groups opposing the bill believe if these clinics open, they will be unfair competition to their private businesses.

"This is their livelihood and their concern is that they will lose business if low-cost clinics open," says Yeo, "We're just going to be providing spay and neuter so the service will limited and we will be directing people to go to a local veterinarian for follow ups and general services."

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