Northwest Indiana lawmaker helps save unwanted pets

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More than 100 dogs and cats set to be euthanized at an Indianapolis shelter instead may find homes halfway across the country, thanks in part to a northwestern Indiana lawmaker.

Democratic state Rep. Linda Lawson of Hammond helped load cages with the pets Thursday into four vans operated by the CanINE Express Transport Project. The group each month takes unwanted Indiana pets more than 1,000 miles to animal shelters in New England, where spay-and-neuter laws have reduced the surplus pet population.

Lawson tells The (Munster) Times it's tragic that Indiana has so many unwanted dogs and cats. Her efforts to enact a spay-and-neuter program for low-income pet owners and to charge a $50 fee on Hoosiers purchasing unsterilized pets repeatedly have failed to advance in the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

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