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Animal shelter cost rises in Baltimore County

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The proposed cost of a new animal shelter in Baltimore County, Md., is now $6 million, up $1 million or 20 percent from an earlier estimate, a county official said April 16.

County administration officials presented the new figure to the county council April 15 as part of deliberations on the county budget for the coming fiscal year, said Councilman Todd Huff (R-District 3).

It is unclear why the projected cost has increased, as spokespersons for the county executive and county health department did not respond to phone calls and e-mails. But the council is scheduled to hold hearings on the proposed budget over the next month, which could shed light on the matter.

Huff said the new facility, which is supposed to replace an aging shelter in Baldwin, is currently in the design review process, and that he hopes to see construction begin as soon as possible.

Animal welfare advocates held a rally April 7 to highlight what they say are poor living conditions at the existing shelter. They plan to hold a second such event April 21.

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