Spay-neuter clinic puts Perdue to work

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On a visit to the Augusta area Friday, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue made a stop at Dogwood Park Spay-Neuter Clinic, where he got right down to business.

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Emmalie Bell, 11, helps the governor with his scrubs. He wore a Georgia Bulldog scrub cap during surgery at the clinic, operated by the Columbia County Humane Society.  Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
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Emmalie Bell, 11, helps the governor with his scrubs. He wore a Georgia Bulldog scrub cap during surgery at the clinic, operated by the Columbia County Humane Society.

Mr. Perdue, a licensed veterinarian, neutered a 6-month-old beagle named McCoy at the Appling facility to promote the importance of having animals spayed or neutered.

"We must be responsible in pet ownership, and that means spaying and neutering our animals if they're not going to be used for breeding," he said.

Before beginning the procedure, Mr. Perdue toured the 1,800-square-foot clinic, which opened in March. It is operated by the Columbia County Humane Society.

"This is so exciting for us," said Humane Society President Donna Evans. "We're hoping this will draw a lot of attention on spay and neuter for us."

Dressed in scrubs and donning a Georgia Bulldog scrub cap, Mr. Perdue performed the 15-minute operation and implanted a microchip in the dog.

After completing the procedure, he again emphasized the importance of the spay/neuter issue.

"When you have a governor who's a veterinarian and can draw a little bit of attention to the issue, it's still very important," the governor said. "I don't get to do this every day."

As a token of their appreciation, Humane Society members and the clinic's staff gave Mr. Perdue two chew toys for his boxer puppy. The governor's visit coincided with the Humane Society's 28th anniversary.

Mr. Perdue, who earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia in 1971, joked that his former profession helped to prepare him for politics.

"I told people that I was eminently qualified for governor because I already had the boots, the gloves and the shovel," he joked.

Reach Jenna Martin at (706) 868-1222, ext. 109, or jenna.martin@augustachronicle.com.

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UncleStrom
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UncleStrom 12/19/09 - 04:42 am
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Too bad he couldn't stop by

Too bad he couldn't stop by 401 while he was in the area and do a few more of those procedures. Seriously, nice job of bringing attention to this cause, governor.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/19/09 - 10:45 am
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What a sweet Beagle.

What a sweet Beagle.

55 F-100
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55 F-100 12/19/09 - 10:59 am
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This is the first project

This is the first project that the little sawed-off liar has taken on where he knows what he is doing. Perdue will go down in history as the worst governor the state of Georgia has ever known, as well as perpetrating the "big lie" which elected him and landed him under the Gold Dome. By the way, hs anyone checked to see if he has a current veterinarian license? Because you sure can't take him at his word that he is currently licensed, and that's a fact!

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bushwhacker 12/19/09 - 11:54 am
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Amen 55 F-100 , at least if

Amen 55 F-100 , at least if he's operating on dogs he's not running the state in the ground

UncleBill
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UncleBill 12/19/09 - 02:14 pm
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Yep, license is active.

Yep, license is active.

henrystripe
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henrystripe 12/20/09 - 12:17 am
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Now that's MY kind of

Now that's MY kind of governor!

helpicantfindthespacebar
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helpicantfindthespacebar 12/20/09 - 11:24 pm
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Good for Perdue! The

Good for Perdue! The importance of having pets spayed/neutered can't be over-emphasized.

pet person
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pet person 12/21/09 - 06:01 am
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If he is bringing attention

If he is bringing attention to the problem of the overpopulation of pets he is doing a great service.
Everyone should spay or neuter any dog or cat that will not be used for breeding ... and even then......
The killing of so many pets is totally unacceptable in a civilized society.

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CWPU78 12/21/09 - 04:23 pm
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No matter what you think of

No matter what you think of his politics, Governor Perdue deserves thanks for his efforts to reduce pet overpopulation. And, like all veterinarians, who earn doctoral degrees just like physicians, he deserves to be called by a proper title - if you don't call him Governor Perdue, you should call him Dr. Perdue - he gave up the "Mister" in 1971 when he earned the title "Doctor".

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