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Super Heroes Need X-Ray Vision


Citrus County Animal Services (CCAS) sees more than 4,000 animals each year – many arriving sick or injured.When x-rays are needed, there is a delay in being able to treat the animals due to appointment availability and the logistics of using offsite


x-ray services. Transporting injured animals causes pain, fear, stress, and results in unnecessary delays which can make the condition much worse and harder to treat. Add to that restrictions as a result of the pandemic. Currently, the shelter’s veterinarian prioritizes which ani-


mals are sent for x-rays due to budgetary constraints. In spite of being selective regarding utilization of offsite x-rays, CCAS spends thousands of dollars each year for this service in addition to utilizing valuable staff time to transport animals back and forth, taking them away from important animal care duties at the shelter. Having an x-ray machine at the shelter will elimi- nate the expense of off-site services and would also be used to diagnose many other conditions such as cancers, hernias, bladder stones, broken bones, internal injuries, heartworm severity, etc. CCAS cares for many animals who are brought in as


protective custody/legal cases. An on-site x-ray machine will also allow the veterinarian to identify past and present internal trauma which provides documented evidence and bolsters the ability to prosecute animal abusers. The cost of an X-ray machine and accessories is $76,000.


Purchasing this important piece of equipment can only be accomplished by the kindness and generosity of the community. Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization formed to ensure the well-being of companion animals within the shelter. They have implemented a fundraising campaign for the purchase of the x-ray machine. At press time, almost $14,000 had already been raised. For more information and to donate, please call Wanda Moak at 352.400.8760. You may also mail a check to CCFAP, P.O. Box 1164, Inverness, FL 34451.


Citrus County Animal Services, 4030 S. Airport Rd., Inverness 352.746.8400 - CitrusCritters.com


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