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Raising awareness

April 14, 2014
The Herald-Star
From left, state Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville; Toronto High School student Cierra Firm and her cat Izzy; and state Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, helped raise awareness that low-cost spaying and neutering availability aids in the prevention of pet overpopulation, neglect and abuse. All were invited guests to the first “Fix-A-Thon for cats held March 29-30 at the Toronto Fire Department, according to a news release. Both legislators have sponsored or co-sponsored bills to protect pets and stiffen penalties for animal abusers. Five such bills are awaiting presentation to the Ohio Senate floor. Hosted by SpayNeuterOhio with veterinary services provided by RASCAL Mobile Surgical Unit, the two-day “Fix-A-Thon” provided low-cost spaying/neutering to 132 local cats, including many stray cats being cared for in neighborhoods and elsewhere. A second “Fix-A-Thon” is scheduled for October with announcements for appointments to be posted in September.
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