Marion Animal Shelter Raising Funds to Accomodate More Dogs

NOVEMBER 3, 2005 - Posted at 3:28 p.m. CST

MARION, AR - The Marion Animal Shelter is overflowing with dogs.  The shelter says it needs more space in order to sustain its policy of avoiding euthanasia.

Originally designed to hold about ten dogs, the city-run shelter is currently housing more than 50 canines.  An expansion four years ago made space for about 20 dogs, but with the city's growth, the shelter regularly houses 40 dogs or more.

Now the shelter is raising funds to expand and to spread the word about the shelter with an open house Saturday and rummage sale November 12.

Shelter officials say they have placed 95 percent of the animals but fear the euthanasia rate will go up sharply without more space.

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