Thursday, May 15, 2008
Supervisors ask Byhalia for spay/neuter clinic space
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors discussed a possible use of the old ambulance building near city hall in Byhalia once a week as a spay/neuter clinic.
A portion of the building could be used by Dr. Isis Johnson and the county Humane Society, said supervisor Keith Taylor.
Getting the building ready could be inexpensive, he said, requiring the laying of vinyl flooring and getting the utilities hooked up.
The Humane Society vacated clinic space on Highway 178 East in Holly Springs after the building was found to be unsuitable for continued use.
Supervisor George Zinn III asked why the clinic could not be set up at the Humane Society animal shelter in Holly Springs.
But supervisors were told by George Kahrs with the society that it would cost about $53,000 to put in air conditioning, utilities and enclose rooms for conducting surgeries and receiving cats and dogs.
“Four rooms would have to have air to keep down infection,” said Kahrs, adding surgeries for animals require the same environmental conditions as hospitals.
Larry Hall, county administrator, said the house in Byhalia is not in as good condition as it was when the ambulance service once used it, but to set half the house up for the clinic shouldn’t cost much.
“The county is picking up animals for Byhalia and we are grateful Byhalia agreed,” Taylor said.
Kahrs said the clinic is open on Wednesdays and provides low-cost spay/neuter services and health screenings because the clinic is operated by volunteers except for a modest salary for Dr. Johnson of Tupelo.
Grants also help defray costs for the services, he said.
Taylor motioned to prepare the house to be used as a clinic and the board unanimously voted in favor of the move.
In other business, the board of supervisors:
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