North Alabama Spay-Neuter Clinic aims to reopen in January 2015

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Board members for the North Alabama Spay-Neuter Clinic are working like dogs to reopen its doors.

The clinic was forced to close in May after the departure of veterinarian Joy Baird.

She left after trouble surrounded another low-cost spay-neuter clinic in Birmingham. The Alabama State Board of Veterinary Examiners claimed that the Irondale clinic tried to expand to a full service vet hospital.

To combat the controversy, once a new vet is hired, Huntsville's clinic will reopen as a vet-owned practice supported by a non-profit.

"We're not going to be doing anything other than just spay-neuter and then to support that is a 501(c)3 organization that will be supporting that clinic," said board member Walt Hennessee. "That's the way the state board wants to see it done, so we're going to be doing whatever they tell us to do."

The goal is to resume business in January 2015.

Clinics that perform low-cost procedures that help control the pet population play a key role in the no kill strategies that Huntsville wants to implement.

"We're anxious to get back and doing our spay-neuter procedures and moving toward that no kill designation for the city," said Hennessee.

To help reopen its doors, the clinic will hold its biggest fundraiser of the year this weekend.

The sixth annual Plea Market takes place at the Jaycees Building at John Hunt Park.

More 1,000 items will be up for bid in a silent auction, Friday, November 21, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission for the auction costs $12.

The unsold items will be available for purchase Saturday, November 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Anyone wanting to donate items to the auction or public sale can either contact the clinic at 256-489-0418 and leave a message.

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