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Sunset Hill Site for New Animal Shelter Dropped

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Where to build a new Porter County animal shelter has been a major topic of discussion among local officials, and the latest update is county commissioners are no longer seeking to build the facility on a recently proposed site using park foundation land at Sunset Hill Farm County Park.  That information came out at Thursdays' parks foundation meeting. A site near State Roads 130 and 149 is among those still being considered a possibility.
Opponents to the Sunset Hill suggestion have said the land would have to be taken out of a federal conservation program, which could mean the loss of some funds, and the old county home across from the current shelter has also been suggested as an alternative.
At a Porter County Park Board meeting earlier this month, County Commissioners John Evans and Laura Blaney put forth a proposal to build the facility on three to five acres of Sunset Hill Farm County Park.  At that meeting, they also told the panel an anonymous donor has pledged one-million dollars toward a new animal shelter, and Blaney told our Steve Zana the donation was not predicated on a new shelter being built at the park.
The current shelter on State Road 2 south of US 30 has been described as old, outdated and overcrowded.


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