SPAY EM: Says Pamela Anderson

Some fairly big names have been on the horn to County Judge Buddy Villines about a pending county proposal to create a spay/neuter program for Pulaski County. Last Friday, Villines said he got a call from former “The Price is Right” host Bob Barker, and he should soon be in receipt of a letter from former “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson on behalf of PETA, encouraging Pulaski County to institute lower pet licensing fees for owners who get their pets spayed or neutered.

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There’s just one problem with Anderson’s request, Villines notes: Pulaski County doesn’t have a traditional dog licensing and registration program (Little Rock and North Little Rock, among others, do and NLR has a lower fee for spayed pets, PETA says). According to the judge, the county currently has only two animal control employees to service over 600 square miles of unincorporated area. Villines said that to create a pet licensing program would cost up to $400,000.

The ordinance that would institute a program to encourage spaying and neutering is up for a committee vote tonight before the Quorum Court. If it survives, it’ll move on to a full vote at their next meeting. From the sounds of things, it’s not going far.

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Anderson’s letter on the jump…

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