New Spay And Neuter Clinic Opens In Hancock County

Hancock County has entered a new era of animal control with the first neuter procedure performed in the county's new Spay and Neuter Clinic.

A Lhasa Apso named Tory, will go down in the Animal Shelter's history as being the first dog to undergo the knife at the clinic.

"That was a goal we set, that we really thought would be five years down the road. But we're so excited that we were able to do it a whole lot earlier," Micky Evans said.

Evans is president of Friends of the Animal Shelter. The group helped raise money to build the clinic, after recognizing there was a major need.

"In Hancock County, we are putting to sleep about 80 percent of all of the animals that hit the shelter. Last year 4,000 animals were admitted to the shelter. Eighty percent of those were euthanized," Veterinarian Dr. Herbert LeBourgeois said.

He says the new clinic will help reduce the number of unwanted animals.

"It will guarantee less pets coming into the shelter next year. It will guarantee less euthanasia and less expense and less suffering," Evans said.

"Not only does it improve the lives of animals in Hancock County it also improves the lives of the citizens of Hancock County. You don't have roaming bands of half wild dogs, half wild cats. It decreases bite cases."

Waveland city leaders say the clinic could not have been opened as soon as it did without the out pouring of support from volunteers, and donations. A clinic that could have cost as much as $150,000 only cost the city about $25,000.

Hancock Medical Center donated an Anesthesia Machine to the clinic and Pet-Smart Charities gave a $15,000 grant to help purchase other equipment needed to make the facility operational.

by Al Showers