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Animal advocates to rally again for reform at Baltimore County animal shelter

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Animal welfare advocates in Baltimore County, Md., plan to hold a second rally April 21 to continue pressing for better treatment of cats and dogs at the county shelter in Baldwin.

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.

The first rally, held April 7 at the same location, drew more than 100 protesters and received extensive local media coverage. But 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 much more to reduce its euthanasia rate, which was 63 percent in 2012. A county spokeswoman has declined to comment, except to note that a new, larger $5 million shelter is planned to improve animal care and increase adoptions.

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