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Animal control in Berkeley County submits wish list

July 30, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A new computer, washer and dryer, bathing tubs, sign, landscaping and weapons are some of the items needed at Berkeley County Animal Control, Chief Brad Sheppard told the Berkeley County Commission Thursday.

One or more bathing tubs would help clean unwanted dogs and make them more adoptable, Sheppard said. Also a Berkeley County Sheriff's Department K-9 officer said he could use a tub when his dog gets dirty while on duty.

The washer and dryer would be used to clean blankets and towels that are needed when a dog gives birth at the shelter or just before arriving. Sheppard said his wife volunteers to do such laundry.

Two people have volunteered to pay for a new sign for the building, but landscaping is needed to circle it and other areas, Sheppard said.

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Also needed are two new firearms and tranquilizer equipment, he said.

Commissioners voted to pay for the weapons but asked that Sheppard prepare price estimates for some of the other items, including a washer and dryer set.

Sheppard proposed buying a commercial set, but Commissioner Howard Strauss said a less expensive, household set should suffice.

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