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ID humane society honors request of state veterinary association; will cut back on its charitable medical and surgical care for pets of the middle and upper classes.

"The Idaho Humane Society’s hospital will continue to take all pets needing general medical and surgical care, but no longer will provide routine care or nonemergency orthopedic surgery for pets belonging to middle-income or wealthy owners, Director Jeff Rosenthal said. Routine care includes annual exams, vaccinations and teeth cleaning. The nonprofit is restricting its services at the behest of the Idaho Veterinary Medical Association, which lobbied for a state law to restrict Humane Society services to low-income pet owners only. Rosenthal said the parties plan to ink the deal Friday morning." -- Katy Moeller, the Idaho Statesman

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