RHINELANDER - Spaying and neutering pets is not cheap, but thanks to a Rhinelander woman with a big heart, pet owners in the Northwoods can afford to be responsible with their animals.
Every day healthy, homeless animals are put to sleep in shelters across the state. Karla Ortman wants to Fix that problem, and now her mobile clinic “The Fix Is In” is part of the solution.
"We're part of the ASPCA's national spay and neuter project,” says Ortman, “We had to go through an application process, and have a community assessment done to determine what type of low-cost clinic our area of the state could support."
They found that a mobile clinic where a vet, and small staff travel around the area would work best, so that’s what they do.
With the ASPA’s methods and training, the Fix Is In travels around the area and holds 1-day clinics 3 times a week. Since July they've helped low-income pet owners and shelters fix over 400 animals.
For Ortman, the best reward is knowing she’s helped pets and pet owners.
"Those expressions of gratitude make it really worthwhile, especially when I get feedback from the shelter managers at the different humane societies that they see lower intake numbers... Or they’ve seen people they never thought would get their animals fixed come and use our services. That's what it's all about is helping animals and helping people to be responsible pet owners."
The Fix Is In regularly travels to Rhinelander, Wausau, Fifield, Antigo, Medford, Crandon, Lac du Flambeau, and Conover.
Visit their website below for more information about their services and locations for upcoming clinics.
Dane County judge to hear Planned Parenthood lawsuit
MADISON - A Dane County judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging a 2012 law that sets out conditions for abortions.
The law requires a doctor to determine whether the woman's consent is voluntary and inform the woman of domestic abuse services if he or she suspects the woman is being coerced. The law also requires doctors to perform a physical exam before they can prescribe abortion-inducting drugs and be in the room when the drugs are given to the woman.
Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit in February 2013 arguing the law is unconstitutionally vague. The organization argues its unclear how doctors should determine voluntary consent and whether doctors need to be present when drugs are dispensed or administered.
Judge Richard Niess is set to hear arguments Thursday morning.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Drug addicts can look nearly everywhere to get their fix, and sometimes they can get that by raiding their family's medicine cabinet.
That's why Lac du Flambeau police gave a drug presentation at an event for the elderly Thursday.
Police leaders wanted to show seniors what could happen if they didn't keep track of their medications.
"A lot of times the elderly and older population can be victims from this. As the younger children, grandchildren, things like that are you know coming in and taking their grandparents prescription drugs," says Sarah Keuer, a nurse at Peter Christensen Health Center.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Railroads give businesses a chance to move loads of material for a low cost. Loggers could use rail as an alternative to trucking material, but many businesses don’t get that opportunity in the Northwoods anymore.
Canadian National bought rail in the Northwoods about a decade ago. They have cut back service drastically since then.
Some counties haven't seen train travel in years, which hurts business. Now, those businesses want to reestablish rail service.
In response, a group of counties in Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan formed the Northwoods Rail Transit Commission.
ACROSS THE U.S. - A new proposal from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would expand regulation on tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, not regulated already by the agency.
The proposal, which was released Thursday, would regulate hookahs, nicotine gels, cigars and e-cigarettes. The FDA currently only regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco.
Some smokers turn to e-cigarettes to try to stop smoking. Medical experts don’t know the full health impact of e-cigarettes yet. Leaders at the FDA want to get ahead of the trend.
The proposal would make e-cigarette producers register their products and show their ingredients to the agency.
RHINELANDER - There was no severe weather Thursday, but sirens across the Northwoods were blaring at about 1:45 pm on Thursday.
That's because the National Weather Service held a statewide tornado drill.
It was part of their severe weather awareness week, and Oneida County took part in the drill.
"The sirens are only set off for warnings, in the city of Rhinelander, it's only going to be a Severe Thunderstorm Warning that is affecting the city area," said Oneida County Emergency Management Director Ken Kortenhof. "It's also going to be set off for a Tornado Warning affecting the area."
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