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Save Alabama's Non-Profit Spay/Neuter Clinics

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!

This petition was delivered to:
  • Alabama Attorney General's Office
    Todd E. Hughes
  • Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
    Robert Horne
  • Mayor of Huntsville, AL
    Tommy M. Battle Jr.
  • Mayor of Madison, AL
    Paul Finley


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