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Shelter owners question commission

January 31, 2003

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Representatives from two dog rescue organizations appeared before the Jefferson County Commissioners Thursday to ask the commissioners why they are being told they can no longer take dogs from the county's animal shelter to be placed into homes.

On January 15, the two groups - Second Chance Rescue and Friends for Life - were told by employees at the Jefferson County Animal Control shelter along Leetown Road that the groups could no longer have dogs from the shelter, said Mara Spade and a colleague who accompanied her.

Spade runs Inwood, W.Va.,-based Second Chance Rescue.

The two groups found homes for 600 dogs from the local shelter last year, the women said.

Spade and the representative from Friends for Life, based in Maryland, said they were told that the Jefferson County Commissioners approved the decision not to give the organizations more dogs.

Commission President Jane Tabb said she was not aware of any such decision.

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The commission agreed to look into the matter and discuss it again at next week's meeting.

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