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New Britain police substation transforms into pet clinic

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A New Britain police substation was transformed into a pet clinic over the weekend.

Officials called it a major effort to control the pet population in the city.

Carmen Nieves said it was important for her. She rescued her dog Luna at 7 months but could not afford to have her spayed.

“[It was] too expensive, like $300,” she said.

When she heard that police converted their Oak Street substation into a vet clinic for those in need, she took advantage.

“I actually called and they were full and she put me on a waiting list and they called me on Friday,” Nieves said. “I was like ‘wow, I made it.’”

The substation’s mobile command center was also turned into a mobile clinic.

Twenty four veterinarians and their staffs, along with community college students, examined dozens of dogs and cats.

They were then brought into the substation-turned-operating room for spaying and neutering.

The clinic was so popular, according to police, that there was a waiting list of 40 people.

Police said over the course of two days, more than 100 cats and dogs were vaccinated, spayed or neutered.

Dr. Gayle Block and Sgt. Paula Keller said they partnered to create this first of its kind clinic and are hope to do it again next year.

They said if money can be raised, there are talks of clinics like these happening in other Connecticut cities.

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