Board to consider spay/neuter program

Published 5:32 pm Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Beaufort County Board of Commissioners, during its meeting Monday, will consider if the county should participate in the state-funded Spay/Neuter Incentive Program.

SNIP should help reduce the number of unwanted litters of puppies and kittens in the county. The program would be available to people who cannot afford to have their pets spayed or neutered. Potential beneficiaries of the program must meet eligibility requirements. Neighboring counties participate in the program, according to Jim Chrisman, assistant county manager and chief finance officer for the county.

Participating in SNIP would not cost the county any money, Chrisman said.

Chrisman and Todd Taylor, the county’s chief animal-control officer, explained SNIP during a commissioners’ budget work session earlier this year. Veterinarians in Beaufort County have agreed to participate in the program, Taylor explained then. They would submit invoices for procedures performed as part of the program. The county would pay them with money provided by SNIP.

SNIP rules require the funding to go through the county before it is passed on to the veterinarians.

SHIP is included in the county’s 2013-2014 fiscal year budget.

SNIP should help with the problem of unwanted litters of puppies and kittens being left at the county’s animal shelter, where they face euthanasia, or being abandoned at places around the county, Taylor has said.

Taylor said the Department of Social Services would verify that potential SNIP users meet eligibility requirements.

SNIP would be in addition to spay/neuter clinics offered by the animal shelter in conjunction with the Beaufort County Humane Society.

In other business, the board is scheduled to review the proposed capital-improvements plan, which will be presented by County Manager Randell Woodruff.

The CIP is used by the commissioners to set the schedule for major building projects, equipment purchases and maintenance projects to be undertaken by the county in coming years. It also estimates the costs for those projects and purchases.

The board also will discuss no-smoking policies involving county buildings and vehicles.

Public Works Director Christina Smith is slated to provide an update on repairs to the jail and the public elevator at the Beaufort County Courthouse, which houses the jail in its basement.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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