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Waste Watch: Obamacare Dollars Fund Nashville Pet Spay/Neuter Promotion -- Erika Kurre

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Nashville, TN - Our taxpayer dollars have gone to the dogs.
Thousands of dollars in the Obamacare slush fund.. has helped pay for the promotion of spaying and neutering pets in Nashville.

The US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee reports part of a 7.5 million dollar grant for the city of Nashville between 2010 and 2012 has been spent on dogs in North Nashville and Antioch.

The Metro Health Department says it spent about $40,000 to hire someone with the Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant to pass out flyers and promote an already existing spay and neuter program. 

According to the Energy and Commerce Committee, the CPPW program received Prevention and Public Health fund money in 2010 as one of the top three recipients of Obamacare fund money that year.

The Metro Health Department says spaying and neutering pets is a long-term answer to an overpopulation of stray dogs which could contribute to inactive lifestyles in certain communities.

Metro Animal control picked up about 17,000 strays in 2012, taking down a barrier to exercise.

The Energy and Commerce Committee reports millions of dollars from the Obamacare slush fund have paid for other activities around the country like massage therapy and zumba.