Animal lover asks for, gets donation back

Animal lover asks for, gets donation back

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COLLIERVILLE (AP) - A philanthropist and animal lover asked for and got a $500,000 donation back from the city of Collierville after plans for a surgical care wing at an animal shelter collapsed.

When bids came in higher than expected, city officials cut plans for a surgery clinic at a new animal shelter building. Instead, the mayor and aldermen voted to build a multipurpose Humane Education building with space for day camps and children's parties.

Beverly Babb Elliott told The Commercial Appeal she was specific about wanting the funds to go for a surgical wing and things the Humane Education building is "a waste of money."

Town officials, who last week issued its largest refund on a charitable donation, are calling the costly misstep "an oversight."

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