San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo County Animal Services Division has begun issuing vouchers to selected dog and cat owners to help defray the cost of spaying or neutering their pets.
The division began issuing $15,000 worth of vouchers Wednesday, hoping to promote responsible pet ownership and reduce the number of unwanted animal litters.
Vouchers will be restricted to cats from North County and pit bull dogs from throughout the county, according to a news release from Dr. Eric Anderson, shelter director.
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Anderson wrote that the limitations are in place “in order to effectively target those animals which contribute most significantly to San Luis Obispo County’s pet overpopulation problem.”
Vouchers will have a dollar value of $60 for male cats, $80 for female cats and $100 for pit bull or predominantly pit bull breed dogs.
Pet owners may obtain vouchers at the Animal Services office, 885 Oklahoma Ave., near Highway 1 and Kansas Avenue.
Cat owners will be asked to present a current driver’s license or other form of documentation, such as a utility bill, indicating residence in one of the following zip codes: 93210, 93422, 93426, 93432, 93446, 93451, 93453, 93461 or 93465.
Vouchers can be redeemed at any veterinary hospital around the county. A limit of three will be issued to any one household, and all dogs are required to be licensed beforehand. Licenses may be purchased from Animal Services at the same time the voucher is issued.
Veterinarians will be asked to verify dogs are of an eligible breed at the time surgery is performed.
For more information, contact Animal Services at 781-4400.
— Bob Cuddy
San Luis Obispo
A Santa Barbara man convicted of robbing four county banks was sentenced this week to six years in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Anthony Frisco — who was initially called the “red Sharpie bandit” by police — previously entered a no-contest plea to four counts of second degree robbery and four counts of burglary.
Frisco, 45, had allegedly used a red pen to scrawl notes he passed to tellers, though search warrant records show a black pen was used in the notes.
No gun was believed to be used in the robberies, and Frisco has no prior criminal record, according to the district attorney.
The heists took place in Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo and Nipomo.
A no-contest plea results in a conviction without an admission of guilt.
— Nick Wilson