A group of local citizens working toward establishing a new shelter for stray dogs in Olney sought guidance from City Council members during their regular meeting on Monday, June 24. The group, represented at the meeting by Keelan Lewis, DVM, Theresa McClatchy and Tammy Clark, explained what they are trying to do and consulted the council about group by-laws and more.

“It’s going to be an animal holding facility,” Lewis said, noting that the requirements for a shelter were much more strict and would be difficult to attain. 

Olney’s facility, which the group has named Olney Animal Rescue, will not be a Humane Society-style situation, and euthanasia will still be a possibility for dogs held there. The group wants to have a committee formed to run the facility, which would be owned by the city of Olney and ultimately overseen by the city. They referenced the Cemetery Bard as an example of a similar situation.

“We’ve been working on this for a few months, and we’re at a point where we need to move forward with decisions and make recommendations to the city,” Lewis said.


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