LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - The Lawton City Council formally accepted the donation of $10,000 worth of equipment for the Lawton Animal Welfare division on Tuesday night. A local veterinarian gave their old x-ray technology to the shelter after they upgraded their systems. The shelter has spent the past few weeks getting it installed and training their veterinarian staff how to use it. The new equipment should speed of the process of getting proper care to the animals who are brought to the shelter.
Animal Welfare Superintendent Russell Anderson says that x-rays at animal shelters aren't a requirement. That it's more of a luxury. But it's a luxury that could help save the animal's life.
"It's given us a big step forward as far as taking care of all the animals in our care," said Anderson.
Anderson says animals come to the shelter injured almost weekly, and with the x-ray they will be able cut down the time in getting the animal the proper care.
"With your dog being down here, would you like us to be able to x-ray it and know what was going on," said Anderson. "Or do you want us to just sit on it and wait for us to get it to the vet that it's going to."
Anderson says they are getting their staff up-to speed with the equipment.
Wayne Heaney who is the animal welfare's veterinarian, says once the x-ray gets up and running he can get started in using right away.
"In fact, when I walked in and I saw the machine I went maybe that was from my old practice," said Heaney. "It's nearly identical. So it will be easy for us to be able to incorporate it."
Even though the x-ray equipment was free it is not free to get it installed. Anderson says by the time they take that first x-ray it will cost them about $3,000.
He says as they continue to use it through the years they will save money, but using this is not about money.
"Anything that helps the animals we are never going to turn down," said Anderson.
While the shelter's x-ray can help animals that have broken bones or any other internal injuries, Heaney said they can also use it to give proper care to an animal that is pregnant, or if the animal has an undiagnosed tumor.