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Lower Nazareth hears report on Slate Belt COG animal control efforts

LOWER NAZARETH, Pa. - The chairman of the Lower Nazareth Township Board of Supervisors Wednesday reported on the animal control efforts of the Slate Belt Council of Governments (COG) which was originally presented at a June 27 Nazareth Area Council of Governments (COG).

Supervisors Chair James Pennington said he heard about animal control efforts underway in the Slate Belt region from Slate Belt COG Executive Director Scott Parsons.

Parsons said his organization's efforts have produced successful results.   

Pennington said Parsons spoke of a program whereby smaller scale animal spay and neuter clinics are held with nominal fees at various locations and times throughout the COG region, resulting in an increased control of the stray animal population.

He explained the Nazareth COG would now have to formulate its own animal control plan which may include applications for state and county aid, but first the COG would have to find a person or persons willing to spearhead the initiative.

Pennington said since the Northampton County SPCA closed in 2003 and was replaced by The Center for Animal Health and Welfare---a no-kill shelter in Easton -- the center is often filled to capacity, thus affording the stray animal population continued growth.

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