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Waterford Contemplates Regional Animal Shelter Collaboration

Officials from Waterford, New London, East Lyme and Montville are weighing the pros and cons of consolidating their animal control buildings into a regional shelter.

Carson, who is up for adoption from the Waterford Branch of the Connecticut Humane Society Photo Credit: petfinder.com
Carson, who is up for adoption from the Waterford Branch of the Connecticut Humane Society Photo Credit: petfinder.com
Waterford and three of its neighbors may decide to pool their resources to create a regional animal control shelter, The Day reports.

Waterford, New London and Montville are operating older animal shelters that do not meet current state animal shelter building codes, according to The Day. In addition, New London's Bates Woods dog pound is still closed after a fallen tree damaged the facility last year.

East Lyme shares kennel space at the Waterford facility, since it does not have its own shelter building, The Day added.

Town leaders said that they are considering building an entirely new regional shelter or updating an existing facility, The Day wrote.

East Lyme and Waterford have already raised about $120,000 for a shared shelter project.

Read the full story on TheDay.com.
Pam Cabigting August 14, 2013 at 09:13 AM
For the record, the money has been raised by the ACO via fund raisers and and donations. You don't have to worry about it coming out of your pocket!
david mcbeth August 14, 2013 at 11:45 AM
eh, people value animals differently ... they are just animals .. you likely are eating one every day.
NiniJ August 14, 2013 at 07:06 PM
They should put you in a wood chipper
John Butler August 15, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Since the regional consensus is that we should have an animal shelter, we might want to address the subject of the article (if that's not too much of a distraction). New London County (pop. ~275,000) is of such a geographic size that we can take advantage of economies of scale. The care and housing of dogs and cats requires increasingly specialized structures and skilled professionals. That costs taxpayers money. It only makes sense we get as much bang for the buck as we can get. How we treat these animals is a reflection of who we are as members of a civilized culture. It should be a matter of community pride that we do this right. Consolidating our resources into one well managed and well constructed facility will not only help us achieve excellence but also save money. But the advantages of centralization should be considered for all of Waterford's town services. And some of that is already in place. A major fire in Waterford, for instance, is extinguished with the help of firefighters throughout the county. If we have fiefdoms in various town agencies, we should challenge our department heads to think bigger. There is not only the potential to save money, but the possibility that town services here and around the county would improve. What's not to like about that?
david mcbeth August 16, 2013 at 03:01 AM
How we treat animals is a reflection of us? Well, we treat animals pretty poorly. Chip them up - its more humane than keeping them in cages. I know if I was an animal, I would not mind.

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