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Metro Animal Care and Control says they took in close to 9,400 animals in 2012 and almost 8 out of every 10 of them had to be put down.
"We dont like putting animals down," said Billy Biggs of animal control. "It's the worst job here and if everybody would be responsible pet owners, get your animals spayed and neutered and keep them at home we'd have a lot less problems."
The problem isn't just in Davidson County. The Humane Society of the United States estimates more than 100,000 healthy, adoptable pets are put down every year in the volunteer state.
"It's bad in Tennessee," Biggs said. "Part of it is due to not having spay/neuter laws."
State law says families can adopt an unsterilized dog or cat if they leave a $25 deposit and promise to spay or neuter the pet within 30 days, but if they don't, they simply lose the deposit.
Other southeastern states issue misdemeanors or take civil action.
"There's a pet overpopulation problem in Tennessee," said Vicki Stevens, coordinator of World Spay Day.
Stevens says while Tennessee law catches up, giving families affordable options is the first step to saving lives.
"Even low cost spay/neuter is out of reach to many many people so world spay day is one time out of the year where people can do something a little special and maybe reduce those costs a little bit more," Stevens said.
The Nashville Humane Association offers spay/neuter procedures to families receiving government assistance for just $10. On Spay Day they fixed 42 pets.
Biggs says, every bit helps..
"Spay Day is very important," Biggs said. "Not only to Nashville humane but Davidson county as well. I wish we had spay day once a month,
you can find affordable spay neuter options in your area by visiting the Fox Links section of this website.
Tuesday, February 26 2013, 11:17 PM CST
Tishomingo County voters OK beer, alcohol sales
May 22, 2013 23:38 GMT
IUKA, Miss. (AP) -- Tishomingo County is the latest Mississippi jurisdiction to legalize alcohol sales.
Voters approved the sale of liquor, wine and beer Tuesday, reports the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/13JCcix).
It wasn't clear referendums would pass until affidavit ballots were counted Wednesday.
With more than half Tishomingo County's voters casting ballots, legalizing alcohol passed by 42 votes, while legalizing beer and light wine passed by 73. The county borders Alabama and Tennessee.
Lawmakers legalized liquor at a proposed resort at the county's Bay Springs Lake in 2010, but it wasn't built.
Greene County voters legalized beer sales last year, while Corinth, New Albany and Senatobia have legalized alcohol sales under a 2012 law that allows cities to hold votes.
Mississippi has 13 remaining counties that allow no beer or alcohol sales.
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