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Homeless animals find new shelter in area

Completion of Oxford facility depends on weather

Animal Shelter Committee member Joseph DePasquale stands near the shelter’s construction site. (click for larger version)
November 30, 2010
OXFORD — With winter right around the corner, Animal Control Officer Sheila Donohue is looking forward to the completion of an updated shelter on Old Worcester Road.

The project to update the more than 30-year-old current facility has been in the works for several years, according to Donohue.

During the past few months, she and the more than 20 members of the Animal Shelter Committee, which includes Selectmen Susan M. Gallant and Dennis E. Lamarche, have been making steady progress in the construction of the building.

Donohue said at the Town Meeting held Oct. 20, residents voted in favor of Article 2, authorizing the committee to use $35,000 in dog and cat licensing fees to help fund construction of the new facility.

As of last week, a foundation had been poured at the site, and the preparations for sewer connections and plumbing were being looked into for installation within the next month.

Animal Shelter Committee member Ann Berzins stood before residents and town officials during the Town Meeting to state why committee members thought residents should support the construction of a new shelter — as well as how it would benefit the community in the future.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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