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Oyster Bay awards veterinary contract for towns' feral cat program

Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto in

Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto in 2011. Mangano and Venditto were special guest speakers at four of the last five fundraisers for Singh's father's nonprofit organization. Photo Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile

The Oyster Bay Town Board has approved an agreement with Dr. Laurence Blauvelt to provide veterinary services for the town's feral cat trap, neuter and return program.

The agreement, reached July 7, spans July 8 through Dec. 31, with an option for three one-year extensions. Blauvelt will be paid up to $30,000 per full year.

Under the program, cats are trapped, spayed or neutered, and then returned to their colonies, Town Supervisor John Venditto said. "Over time, trap, neuter and return results in the dwindling of the colonies," he said.

This is the third agreement the town approved with Blauvelt this year. In February, the town board approved agreements to pay Blauvelt up to $150,000 in 2015 for veterinary services and $10,000 for the euthanasia of cats and dogs. Both have options for two one-year extensions.

Blauvelt replaces the retiring Dr. Surinder Wadyal, Venditto said. The last one-year agreement with Wadyal, worth up to $150,000, was for veterinary services, the feral cat program and for dogs used in a geese-control effort. The agreement went through June 30, but Wadyal retired from most duties several months ago, Venditto said.

The total amount for similar services from Blauvelt is up to $180,000 per year. Venditto said the difference is because Wadyal had retired from neutering and spaying cats only recently, and the town had to draw up a new $30,000 agreement for Blauvelt to replace Wadyal in those responsibilities. He said he expected expenditures under the two agreements would be under $150,000.

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