BROWNSBURG — The Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic says a Call 6 Investigation into Indianapolis’ animal overpopulation problem prompted them to take action and help free up space at the city shelter on South Harding Street.
Our investigation exposed the shelter is busting at the seams with unwanted animals and Indianapolis Animal Care Services has a backlog of 800 calls.
Indianapolis Animal Care Services has euthanized hundreds of potentially adoptable dogs, and a few cats, for behavioral reasons.
The Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic in Brownsburg is typically closed on Wednesdays, but on Nov. 28 they brought in 30 people to perform 125 spay/neuter surgeries on dogs and cats from Indianapolis Animal Care Services.
"We saw Kara Kenney’s report on Nov. 7 and we wanted to step in and help them so they don’t have to euthanize and they don’t have to adopt animals out unspayed or unneutered," Tammy Sollenberger, executive director at the Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic, said. "We’re certainly open to help Indianapolis Animal Care Services at any point where they’re getting overwhelmed with animals coming in. After seeing your segment we knew we had to jump in and help IACS get caught up on their surgeries so they aren't in crisis mode."
The shelter’s 125 surgeries come in addition to the 85 surgeries they typically perform for IACS every Thursday.
"I thought you would appreciate the positive impact your story had for the animals at Indianapolis Animal Control Services," Sollenberger told RTV6.
Sollenberger said they had transport vans running all day long between the clinic and city shelter.
She said spaying and neutering is a big step in addressing the city’s unwanted animals.
"We have to have them all spayed and neutered to get a handle on the surplus of overpopulation," Sollenberger said.
IACS spokeswoman Kristen Lee said the additional spay/neuter surgeries help the city shelter significantly.
"That’s 125 animals that can go home as soon as they’re adopted rather than waiting for the next spay/neuter date," Lee said. "We have 125 animals ready to go home and need people to come in and adopt because we are tight on space."
IACS paid for the surgeries on the animals from the city shelter.
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