GBHS says its mobile units not used for spaying, neutering

MGN Online
MGN Online

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Greater Birmingham Humane Society (GBHS) is asking the president of the Alabama Veterinary Practice Owners Association, Dr. Buddy Bruce, to retract a statement which the GBHS believes was made in error.

Bruce said the following in a letter to fellow veterinarians:

“Your local Humane Society is a 501c3 business and can have a Spay/Neuter clinic if HB141 passes along with any other 501c3 that would desire to do so. Remember, failure to act today may result in the Greater Birmingham Humane Society’s Mobile Bus being parked in the parking lot across from your office.”

The GBHS says its mobile unit was purchased following the April 27, 2011, storms. They were offered a matching grant and purchased a state-of-the-art transport and adoption vehicle.

Nancy Ellis, who serves as the GBHS’ Director of Marketing and Branding, says the mobile unit is only used to take adoptable pets to the northeast and other areas of the country in hopes of saving their lives and reducing the number of animals in their shelter.

It’s also used for mobile adoption and community events to promote GBHS. They say the unit has never been used to perform any medical procedures, though it is fully equipped for surgery.

“This would violate our veterinary premises permit, which we would never do anything to jeopardize,” Ellis said.

The GBHS plans to go to Montgomery Tuesday to make sure state legislators are aware of how its mobile unit is operated.

To read the full response, click here. To read the full legislative emergency draft, click here.

2014 WIAT-TV CBS42

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