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Spay/neuter clinic to be built in western Maryland

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Work has begun on a new spay/neuter clinic in Hagerstown, Md., according to a local animal welfare group.

The 6,745-square-foot facility on Maugansville Road is a project of the Humane Society of Washington County and is scheduled to open in mid-2015 with a full-time veterinary staff, the organization said. A groundbreaking ceremony occurred Nov. 1, and the humane society declared in a December newsletter that “construction equipment is starting to move in.”

“We truly believe that this clinic will help to minimize the overpopulation problem that occurs in Washington County,” said Michael Lausen, the group’s executive director. “It will also provide an on-site facility to alter every animal that enters our doors.”

According to the Hagerstown Herald-Mail, officials hope that the $1.7 million clinic, by offering low-cost spay/neuter services, will significantly reduce the euthanasia rate for unwanted cats and dogs. The humane society takes in about 5,700 animals a year and euthanizes more than a third of them, the newspaper reported.

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