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Huntington considers new animal shelter to replace aging facility

The Town of Huntington is studying whether it should create a new animal shelter to replace its aging facility that needs repairs.

The town board on June 17 unanimously authorized spending up to $500,000 to hire a consultant to prepare preliminary shelter plans and specifications and present them to the town, officials said.

Town spokesman A.J. Carter said the current 3,500-square-foot shelter at 106 Deposit Rd. in East Northport is about 25 years old and built on a former landfill. Because of its location, the shelter has faced problems with land stability and settling, Carter said.

The shelter's heating system will also need to be replaced soon.

Some of the shelter's services include housing stray and unwanted animals, administering the dog adoption program, reconnecting owners with lost pets and enforcing the town's animal control ordinances.

The Deposit Road animal shelter also includes a dog run park.

Carter said town officials think it is "a good idea and opportunity to explore if it's more cost-effective to build a new animal shelter at a different location more central to town."

The town will put out a request for proposals for the consulting work.

Carter said town officials also will talk to the League of Animal Protection, which runs a cat shelter next to the town's shelter, about whether it wants to explore creating a new cat shelter.

The league's shelter operates under an agreement with the town.

"We are interested . . . there are a lot of variables," league president Debbi Larkin said. "I would really like to sit down with them and see what they have to say about it."

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