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Funds sought for new animal shelter

March 14, 2000

The Humane Society of Washington County on Tuesday asked Hagerstown's Mayor and City Council for $75,000 to help pay for a new animal shelter.

The Mayor and council didn't say whether the city would provide any funding for the project.

"We want to assist you as well as we can," Councilman J. Wallace McClure said.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said the request would be taken under consideration in April when he and the council review the budget for the next fiscal year.

Joseph Tischer, Humane Society fund-raising campaign co-chairman, told the Mayor and City Council that the organization needs another $250,000 to reach its $2 million fund-raising goal.

The new building is to be built at the same location as the Humane Society's existing shelter on Maugansville Road. Tischer said construction of a new building could begin in June or July and be completed in about a year.

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He said a new building would enable the Humane Society to double or triple the number of dogs and cats it places with area families.

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