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Cold temps delay animal shelter in Montgomery, Md.

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Winter weather has briefly delayed the opening of the new Montgomery County animal shelter in Maryland, a shelter spokeswoman said Feb. 10.

The facility had been projected to open its doors to the public Feb. 10, but unusually cold temperatures in the Washington, D.C., suburb have slowed the completion of construction, said Katherine Zenzano, community outreach coordinator for the new Animal Services and Adoption Center.

“We want to make sure that we get the basics right, and that means ensuring that the plumbing is working and that the ceilings are sealed properly,” Zenzano told “We do not want to preemptively bring the animals in, have them here and risk the construction not being complete.”

A new date for the opening has not been announced, but a ribbon-cutting ceremony with county leaders remains scheduled for March 1 at 10:30 a.m., she said.

Located at the intersection of Muncaster Mill Rd. and Airpark Rd. in Derwood, the new $20-million building will replace the county's aging shelter in Rockville.

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