Ky. animal shelter destroyed by fire set to reopen

Ky. animal shelter destroyed by fire set to reopen in temporary building

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Shelter officials say the temporary location, 3915 5th Street Road in Corbin, will open Tuesday. (source: Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter) Shelter officials say the temporary location, 3915 5th Street Road in Corbin, will open Tuesday. (source: Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter)
Shelter employees work to get the temporary building ready. (source: Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter) Shelter employees work to get the temporary building ready. (source: Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter)

CORBIN, Ky. (WATE) - Officials at the fire-damaged Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter expect to reopen in a temporary building next week.

The shelter was destroyed in a fire last month. Nearly three dozen pets died in the fire.

Shelter officials say the temporary location, 3915 5th Street Road in Corbin, will begin taking in strays and abandoned animals from Knox, Whitley, Clay and McCreary counties on Tuesday, December 17. They ask for no owner surrenders at this time.

The temporary building is owned by Ralph Rogers, who leased it to the animal shelter at a reduced rate. The building was previously A&J Lawn Mowers and has electricity, heat and water.

The shelter is adding enough kennels and pet supplies to accomodate 50 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. A small office will also be set up to run the shelter.

Supplies were donated by community members as well as the Christian Appalachian Project and Petsmart Charities.

Shelter officials say they are still accepting donations and welcome volunteers. Anyone interested can call the shelter at (606) 526-6925.

 

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