spay neuter

MANSFIELD -- Cat vaccinations will also be offered on Aug. 27 when the Richland County Dog Warden's office officially becomes a spay and neuter facility.

County commissioners voted Aug. 1 to require all dogs adopted through the dog warden's office to undergo the procedure.

Richland County is contracting for the work with the RASCAL Unit Neutermobile, through the non-profit Mid-Ohio Animal Welfare League.

The mobile surgical unit will be at the Richland County Shelter on Aug. 27, starting at 8 a.m.

The Rascal Unit consists of two mobile veterinary hospitals from Dublin, that travel throughout the state to bring affordable pet sterilization and routine veterinary care to animals in need, commissioners said.

"Commissioners hope this new practice will help reduce the unwanted canine population in Richland County along with playing a part in disease prevention in the dog community," Commissioner Tony Vero said.

Members of the public are welcome to attend as the Rascal Unit will also offer feline vaccinations ranging in price from $7 to $15 (depending on the vaccination) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The cost of the spay/neuter surgery will be included in the cost of the adoption, which will now be $199, a total that also includes the cost of micro-chipping the animal, all vaccinations and a one-year license for the dog.

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