Clinton To Share Regional Animal Shelter

A New Facility On Route 145 For Clinton And Westbrook Will Be Built With The Help Of A $100,000 State Grant

The towns of Clinton and Westbrook will soon share a regionalized animal shelter - and a $100,000 grant that will pay for the project.

State Representative James Crawford (D-Westbrook) was instrumental in securing the grant money for the project.

"It was getting to the stage where both facilities needed renovation," said Crawford.

The current Clinton animal shelter is located in a small building on the grounds of the campus on Nod Road. The current Westbrook animal shelter is at a similar location - at their town garage near the Westbrook train station.

"Westbrook swapped the town garage and two acres so the state could redevelop the area around the train station and add more parking," said Crawford.

The old Westbrook town garage will be demolished to make way for the new train station developments.

Westbrook's new town garage (and new animal shelter) will be part of an existing state Department of Transportation (DOT) facility off Route 145 (see photos).

"Combining the two animal shelters at one facility made sense economically," said Crawford.

Crawford said town officials from both communities including Clinton First Selectman Willie Fritz and Westbrook First Selectman Noel Bishop have met and agreed to the preliminary logistics.

The state will continue to use the DOT space on Route 145, but it will be separated from the municipality use.

Clinton has one full-time municipal animal control officer (MACO) and Westbrook has one part-time MACO.

Richard C. Onofrio August 09, 2011 at 02:57 PM
Kudos to all those involved in this venture. It is so reassuring to know there are some politicians with "common sense" left in our government!!!! What a unique way to control spending and increase services. You have my vote!


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