Stanislaus County Approves Animal Clinic, Some Vets Upset

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Susan Enz is with Village Oak Veterinary Hospital. She told supervisors the county clinic will compete unfairly with her business.
“The clinic will be subsidized with taxpayer money to provide a service that is currently being provided by the private sector. Perhaps if I had free rent, utilities and other such help I could charge less for my services.”
But County Supervisor Dick Monteith said the bigger issue is trying to solve a pet over-population problem.
“I don’t look at it as a competitive situation. I look at it as a collaborative method of addressing and resolving our animal problem.”
Stanislaus County spent nearly $2 million in the last fiscal year destroying more than 14,000 animals. The new clinic will offer reduced spay-neuter fees to low-income residents.