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Wednesday, Dec 11 2013 01:02 PM

'First Look': Columnist Henry talks about spay, neuter programs

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    Californian columnist Lois Henry, left, talks with Bakersfield SPCA staff members about spay/ neuter efforts on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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Energetic and cuddly puppies took over the Dignity Studios on Wednesday during "First Look with Scott Cox."

They join the many pets up for adoption at local animal shelters and Californian columnist Lois Henry talked about the most recent heartbreaking story -- newborn puppies left in the cold outside the Bakersfield SPCA.

"This is not unique; it's an epidemic," Henry said.

If the person who left the puppies outside would have had their dog fixed, this wouldn't have happened, Henry said.

So what happened to $250,000 intended for spay/neuter programs discussed by the county?

"That money still exists," Henry said. "But it looks like it's taking time for it to resurface."

Bakersfield SPCA director Julie Johnson said the solution was to use that money for vouchers -- vouchers that give residents a cut on the cost of fixing their pets.

Getting vouchers to residents in lower-income neighborhoods would decrease the problem.

"Remove the barriers for those that can't get their pets fixed by providing vouchers," she said.


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