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Collinsville, Oklahoma
April 21, 2006
Animal Shelter Dirt Moving
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Enough Funds Raised To Begin Construction
Previous Coverage
But More Needed To Complete & Operate
Humans were not the only ones digging at the ceremony to kick off construction of the new Collinsville Animal Shelter Friday. These two dogs did some digging (for treats) to help those with shovels below.
L-R: Mayor Stan Sallee, City Manager Pam Polk, Police Chief Charlie Annis and "Spokesperson" Susan Babbitt each spoke before dirt was moved at the northwest corner of 156th St. N. and 129th E. Ave. Friday morning.
Friends of the Collinsville Animal Shelter (FOCAS) officers, City officials and Senator Brogdon moved the first dirt today to signify the beginning of construction on Collinsville's new animal shelter. Those that spoke thanked everyone that has worked so hard to make this possible and asked for continued support.
Matt Babbitt and Daniel Willis pose with a current resident of the "miserable" existing shelter. This dog is looking for a new owner.
Police Chief Charlie Annis (who heads the animal control department) tried to put conditions at the old shelter in perspective by saying that "if I was a dog and given a choice I might chose death over staying there."