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One day after the PAWS Shelter Foundation turned over its the new animal shelter on Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown to Hardin County Animal Control, Hardin Fiscal Court formally accepted the shelter into the county’s jurisdiction.
The exchange came after months of fundraising and construction by PAWS to finish the facility, which has modernized equipment, treatment and recovery rooms and communal areas among other features.
It also has around 12,000 more square feet of space to work with than the current shelter on Nicholas Street, according to officials. It could be ready for use by November, according to Animal Control Director Jerry Foley.
Magistrate Lisa Williams commended PAWS for putting in the hard work to raise money and refurbish the building without relying on the government for help.
“It’s just beautiful,” she said.
Magistrate Fred Clem said the county is privileged to receive such a sterling new center.
“It’s something all of us in Hardin County can be proud of,” Clem said. “It’s an absolutely gorgeous facility.”
Magistrate E.G. Thompson said PAWS recognized a need but did not view it as a problem. Rather, the group found a solution.
“We need more solution-minded people in Hardin County,” he said.
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