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Animal shelter in Montgomery County, Md., to open in February

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UPDATE: Feb. 10 is the "current proposed date" for the new shelter to open, according to a county police official.

After almost two years of construction, the new Montgomery County, Md., animal shelter is nearly complete and is expected to open to the public sometime in February, according to a county government website.

The one-and-a-half-story Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center will contain public adoption areas, private animal holding and treatment areas, meeting rooms and office space. It “will house animal services functions, such as isolation, quarantine, and holding of feral, ill or seized animals, but will also serve as a public adoption center and community education resource for animal care issues,” the website says.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the shelter's debut is scheduled for March 1 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Located at the intersection of Muncaster Mill Rd. and Airpark Rd. in Derwood, the $20-million facility will be operated by the county police department’s Animal Services Division. The nearly 50,000-square-foot building will replace the aging, space-constrained shelter in Rockville that has been run for many years by the Montgomery County Humane Society.

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