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County Animal Control to offer spaying/neutering

By Mehgaan Jones

mjones@news-daily.com

A Surgical Utility Vehicle (SUV) will be available at the Clayton County Animal Control Shelter on Thursday, Sept. 9, and Friday, Sept. 10, according to a media advisory released by the Clayton County Police Department.

Animal Control will provide spaying and neutering services for dogs and cats on the 45-foot-long vehicle, which was purchased by the Atlanta Humane Society and the Holland M. Ware Foundation, according to the statement.

"The dog or cat pricing is dependent on its gender or size, [and] the prices range from $40 to $85," said Clayton County Police spokesperson, Officer Otis Willis, in the statement.

Willis said that all spaying and neutering services include a free rabies vaccination and registered microchip.

According to the Atlanta Humane Society's web site, if a pet who has been implanted with a microchip is found, and taken to a shelter or veterinarian who has a scanner, the scanner will detect the presence of a chip, and the shelter or vet can call a registry to find the pet's owner.

The web site said the SUV program is an ongoing effort to reduce the number of unwanted animals born in the state of Georgia each year. The SUV will be making rounds to various locations throughout Georgia over the course of a year, the web site said.

Officials added that the spaying/neutering event will take place from 9 a.m., to 3 p.m., Thursday and Friday.

Clayton County Police Public Information Officer, Lt. Tina Daniel, said pet owners will need to make an appointment to have their pets spayed or neutered.

Scheduling is being conducted using the SUV voicemail system, which can be accessed at (404) 974-2885, according to the Atlanta Humane Society's web site. Messages will be returned Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m., and 10 a.m., and 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.

Clayton County Animal Control is located at 1396 Government Circle in Jonesboro.