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YOUNGSTOWN Animal Charity will stop much of its veterinary work



Published: Sat, February 15, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



YOUNGSTOWN -- Animal Charity's veterinary services have been so successful that the clinic is eliminating much of them so it can focus on its original mission -- promoting proper animal care.

Jean Kelty, Animal Charity president, said the clinic will handle only spaying and neutering, vaccinations and worm checks. Other treatments, surgeries and care of sick animals are being stopped.

Kelty said demand for the South Avenue clinic's services were increasing, which was taking away from its original focus. It added veterinary services in 1982.

Animal Charity has laid off three workers and now has 17 employees.

The organization, which is funded through donations, will work for legislation that would reduce the cost of licenses for pets that are spayed or neutered and try to persuade people to keep cats indoors and not keep dogs in doghouses.

It also will continue its investigation of animal cruelty cases and its wildlife rehabilitation and release program.

Dave Nelson, humane agent, investigated about 3,000 cruelty cases last year. The number of investigations has been increasing each year, Kelty said.




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