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Low-cost spay neuter clinics push for new bill

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A non-profit, low cost spay-neuter clinic in Huntsville continued its push for a bill that they say will keep them open for good.

The Alabama House has already passed House Bill 188 and awaits further debate in the senate.

North Alabama Spay Neuter Clinic on North Memorial Parkway is one among four non-profit clinics in Alabama that offer significantly lower prices for spaying and neutering procedures for pets.

In 2011, the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners proposed a set of rules that would have blocked non-profit clinics from hiring vets or owning their own equipment for spay and neuter procedures.

Advocates for the non-profit clinics said the new rules would essentially shutter their operations. After a series of protests, the proposal was struck down.

Non-profit clinics said they now want HB 188 to pass as another safeguard. They say it will legitimize them in the state and prevent them from being closed by ownership requirements that may arise in the future.

Dr. Joy Baird, a veterinarian at North Alabama Spay Neuter Clinic, said another version of the bill -- Senate Bill 25 -- does the opposite.

"In a nutshell, SB-25 creates a situation where I have to practice substandard medical care," said Dr. Joy Baird said. "It would be horrible for spay neuter veterinarians in that aspect. I, for one, am not willing to compromise care because this is a non-profit facility. I should be able to practice the same as any other vet clinic."

Dr. Baird and her clinic have requested the public to contact senate leadership and push for HB-188's passage.

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