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Erin Richards talks Friday about the MnSNAP Spay Neuter Assistance Program's mobile surgery van, which was at the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter in Willmar. Tribune photos by Ron Adams

Mobile, low-cost spay-neuter service meets a need for many pet owners

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WILLMAR -- The patient was anesthetized, limbs lolling as Erin Richards and Lindsay Liles carried her to the back of the RV and hoisted her onto the surgery table.

Dr. Kim Culbertson was ready and waiting to make a swift cut into the dog's abdomen with her scalpel.

By the end of the day Friday, the team with the Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Program had completed surgery on some 30 cats and dogs and sent them home with their owners.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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