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Animal activists plan third rally in Baltimore County

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Animal welfare advocates plan to hold a third rally May 5 to continue pressing for better treatment of cats and dogs at the Baltimore County shelter in Baldwin, Md.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. outside the Historic Courthouse at 400 Washington Avenue in Towson. The county council is scheduled to meet in that building that evening.

Previous rallies were held April 7 and 21. Activists say they need to keep the issue in the spotlight to ensure their concerns are addressed.

Organizers of the events charge that animals at the shelter live in unsanitary conditions and sometimes wait weeks for vital veterinary care. They also contend that the shelter could do more to reduce its euthanasia rate, which was 63 percent in 2012.

Meanwhile, county spokeswoman Monique Lyle said the estimated cost of a planned new shelter has risen to $6 million due to “further definition of the project, not to mention the inclusion of the dog park.” The initial $5 million estimate “was based on very preliminary estimates," Lyle told County officials say the new facility will improve animal care and increase adoptions.

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