Please sign this petition to help save the North Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic from being unjustly shut down by the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
During our eight months in operation North Alabama Spay/Neuter Clinic, a non-profit clinic, has performed over 2,000 high quality, low cost surgeries to many people who otherwise could not afford to fix their animals. We have, since inception been approved and sanctioned by the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (ASBVME), the licensing agent for all clinics and veterinarians in the State.
On May 7, 2011 ASBVME board member Dr. Robert E. Pitman came to the clinic and refused to inspect stating that a bill of sale showing ownership transfer between the previous practice owner and the current practice owner was required before the inspection would be made. The clinic was never advised by the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners that a bill of sale was required. This transfer of ownership is something not previously required by the ASBVME.
Dr. Pitman did not give this clinic or the new practice owner anything in writing stating this nor has the ASBVME sent anything in writing to the clinic stating why the inspection was refused.
The ASBVME sent a cease and desist order to the Birmingham spay/neuter clinic on June 9th. The clinic continues to operate under a stay order from the State Attorney General’s office.
On July 7,2011 the Montgomery clinic received a call from ASBVME board member Dr. John R. Grider informing them that a re-inspection had been scheduled for July 14,2011.
Once again the State Attorney General’s office intervened by asking the ASBVME on what grounds the re-inspection was based. It appears that the ASBVME is not following Alabama legal code. We believe this is a politically motivated attack on this and the other non-profit spay neuter clinics in the State, spearheaded by a few of the Board members who do not subscribe to our mission for one reason or another.
We feel strongly that we are operating within the law, as we have been for the past 8 months. It appears that we will be going to court to resolve this – an unfortunate waste of precious resources! In addition to fighting this in the judicial system, we need a strong outcry from our supporters. Please sign this petition and help us stop the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, Non-profit spay/neuter clinics are vital to our community and we can’t afford to have the board unjustly shutting down clinics across the state of Alabama!
In the short 8 months of operation the clinic managed to spay and neuter more than 2,000 cats and dogs. Every single animal that is spayed or neutered at the clinic makes an impact in our community. One may be tempted to ignore the impact of one animal, but statistics show that in seven years, one single female cat can produce 400,000 offspring. Pet over population in Alabama is at unmanageable levels. Unwanted animals are euthanized at alarming rates and shelters are full of unwanted animals, costing the tax payers money.
What concerns me most is the lack of substance offered in the reason given by the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners for refusing to do a premise permit inspection on the Huntsville clinic and thereby shutting the clinic down. The quality of the facilities and the care given by the clinic is not in question. The veterinarians on staff are licensed in the state of Alabama, and the caregivers at the clinic appear to be highly capable of humanely and ethically treating the animals that go through their facility.
The clinic is working to accomplish a goal that should be top priority for all citizens of Alabama: to eliminate the unwanted pets in our communities and end the needless euthanasia of healthy animals in shelters throughout our state. I urge you to investigate the motives behind the Board’s actions in hopes that all Alabama non-profit Spay/Neuter clinics can pursue the greater public good without legal interference.