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Dog days begin at animal shelter


New facility opens on Old Town Road



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Animal Control Officer Ann Sellew with Monty. Gus Steeves. (click for larger version)
April 26, 2011
CHARLTON — To provide a little bit of realism, Brent and Ann Sellew brought their own mixed pack of dogs to Saturday's animal shelter grand opening.

The work's not quite done yet — some wires still stick out of walls, the surgical table's missing, and desks for the staff have yet to arrive. But those are all minor things in a project that's coming in for far less money than expected.

"I thought it'd probably cost, to build a facility like that, around $300,000," said Finance Committee Chairman Frank Morrill, a strong supporter. "… The town's paying for well under half of it."

Back in May 2009, Town Meeting approved $96,000, Brent Sellew said. The remainder has come from fundraisers by the Friends of Charlton Animal Shelter (FOCAS) plus numerous donations of labor and materials, often things that would otherwise have been wasted at other job sites in the area.

When the last touches are in, he hopes to be able to return around $10,000 of the town's funds.

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

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