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Borough's Stray Dog Facility a Source of Pride

Hellertown Police Chief Robert Shupp told Borough Council May 21 that the temporary holding facility for stray dogs is so well-run that it's expected to be licensed by the state as a kennel.

Although Hellertown's small canine holding facility was , it's become something to brag about, Police Chief Robert Shupp told Borough Council members May 21.

The facility--which houses the borough's stray dogs until they are claimed by owners or adopted--is so well-run that it is expected to be licensed by the state as a kennel, he explained.

The licensing is not required, nor was it sought, but it's symbolic of the level of care that stray dogs receive if they are placed in the holding facility, Shupp said, adding that the services of a veterinarian from are in use.

"We will probably shortly be approached by some other municipalities who want to be part of our thing," he told council.

Shupp said the location of the dog pens, along West Walnut Street near the , has enabled passers-by to see and hear dogs that are temporarily being cared for by the police department.

Some residents have even offered to drop off toys and treats for the pups, including a pit bull that was recently being held at the facility.

Shupp said local families have expressed interest in adopting the dog, and he told council that once a liability waiver has been drafted it will be possible to place him.

Considering how smoothly things are going just a few months after opening, Shupp concluded that the borough's  in Williams Township has "really has worked out well."

Bob Linney June 04, 2012 at 01:32 PM
From this article, it seems as though my hope for its success have been realized. Congratulation to all who are responsible for the quality of care!
Megan June 04, 2012 at 03:51 PM
A big thank you to our Animal Control Officer! He deserves major credit here!!!!
Deborah Repash June 05, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Thank you for improving the lives of these animals with the true goal of trying to find them homes instead of keeping them forever just to feed a money machine. I hope you secure the support of other communities in your endeavor to place these anals in their forever homes.

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