Jackson County agrees to build animal shelter

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — The Jackson County Legislature has approved spending $5 million to build an animal shelter for the city of Independence and unincorporated areas of the county.

Legislator Dennis Waits says the county and Independence officials have talked about the new shelter for years. The city of Independence will operate and maintain the shelter.

Waits says the current shelter is more a poorly ventilated metal building that is more than 30 years old.

The Kansas City Star reports that the new shelter is to be finished in spring 2012. It will have more than three times the space of the current building and room for 125 cats and more than 100 dogs.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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