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Brie Dorcy, a veterinary technician, shaves the belly Tuesday of Sable, a chocolate Labrador, as she preps the dog to be spayed. Sable was operated on in the MN Spaymobile, a specially equipped recreational vehicle that travels to communities within a 2½-hour radius of Minneapolis to perform low-cost spay or neutering procedures. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Program offers low-cost spay, neutering services to shelters, rescues and low-income pet owners


Sable, a chocolate Labrador, was unconscious as veterinarian technician Brie Dorcy shaved her belly. It's one of the final steps in preparing Sable to be spayed.

While the procedure is an everyday occurrence, the site is less common.

Sable was the first of dozens of pets to be spayed or neutered Tuesday in the MN Spaymobile, a specially equipped recreational vehicle parked next to the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter in Willmar.

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Gary Miller

Born and attended public schools in Willmar, Minn. Served 20 years in U.S. Navy as a photojournalist. Worked at West Central Tribune since retiring from the Navy in 1994.

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