Vets say Chattanooga dumping dead pets in landfill

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Veterinarians say Chattanooga officials have stopped taking the bodies of euthanized pets to an animal center for cremation and instead are dumping them in the city landfill.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/MAEm2J ), local veterinarians have paid several hundred dollars a year for the past three years for the city to pick up the bodies of euthanized pets and take them to McKamey Animal Center for cremation.

But Ann Ball, the chairwoman of McKamey's governing board, says veterinarians were not told the city had stopped delivering the dead pets to McKamey more than a month ago and was instead dumping the bodies in a landfill.

City spokeswoman Lacie Stone said the recommendation to cut the service came from public works and its director, Lee Norris, to cut costs.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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