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From ANIMAL PEOPLE, July/August 2006:
GREAT FALLS– Thirteen veterinarians and nearly 300 volunteers
tried from June 15 through 19, 2006 to break the Montana Spay/Neuter
Task Force record for most dogs and cats sterilized in five days by a
mobile surgical team, but fell barely short.
The final total of 370 dogs and 866 cats sterilized, for a
total of 1,236, was third best for the task force, whose top figure
was 1,354 achieved during Lewis & Clark Count Pet Care Week in 2004.
That broke the 1998 record of 1,336 sterilizations done in six days
during Salish & Kootenai Love Your Pet Week.
The Great Falls City Council and Cascade County Commission
pledged to fund a follow-up task force visit to sterilize 800 animals
who were left on a waiting list, said Montana Spay/Neuter Task Force
founder Jean Atthowe.
Great Falls was the last Montana city of at least 5,000
people to receive a task force visit. On the road since 1996, the
team has noted results including a 76% drop in intake at the Wolf
Point Dog Pound on the Fork Peck Reservation, after four visits,
and a 26% drop in intake plus a 42% drop in killing at the Billings
Animal Shelter, after just a single two-day visit.