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Work on a county-wide spay and neuter ordinance to address Mercer County’s homeless dog and cat problem was a central topic today during a public hearing concerning the Mercer County Animal Shelter.

Solutions ranging from a countywide spay and neuter ordinance, promoting more adoptions and foster care, and developing a no-kill shelter were among the ideas presented by the more than 16 people addressing the commission.

County Commissioner Mike Vinciguerra said the commission would start drafting a spay and neuter ordinance. The animal shelter will be addressed during the commission’s November meeting, and it is hoped that a draft ordinance can be ready for the public to see, he said. Public hearings must be conducted before an ordinance can become law.

Numerous animals were euthanized at the shelter in late September after the county commission checked complaints of overcrowding and dirty conditions.

“People say ‘If I had only known,’’’ said QuaDonna Shaffer, a kennel technician at the shelter. “Now that you know, it’s time to step up and help.”

For more on this story and other news, see Wednesday’s Daily Telegraph or visit www.bdtonline.com.

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