Animal Shelter receives donations

By Bob Robinson
Star Staff
brobinson@starhq.com

   The Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter can now keep animal bedding and towels clean and dry, thanks to Lee and Kate Kennedy of the Biltmore Community.
   Previously, soiled animal bedding at the shelter was thrown away because there was no place for it to be washed.
   Freddie Turner, animal control officer and shelter manager, said he hoped workers with the City of Elizabethton could install the washer and dryer the first of the week.
   Ms. Kennedy said she donated the washer and dryer "in the name of Cody" after she became aware of the need at the shelter.
   The need surfaced last week when Cody, "the white dog," was impounded by the Elizabethton Police Department after being found on the playground at Harold McCormick Elementary School.
   Ms. Kennedy said she once had a dog named Cody, who looked like the white dog except that her dog was black.
   An animal lover, Ms. Kennedy said she worked as a volunteer with ASPCA in California before moving to Elizabethton. "ASPCA in California was better funded than here," she said.
   The Kennedys also adopted two dogs at the shelter yesterday to go with the three dogs and four cats they already own. "We have a large, fenced-in yard," she said.
   Junior Girl Scouts Amber Caldwell, Sarah Myers and Lea Withrow, from Troop 17, Service Unit 5, Elizabethton, were at the shelter yesterday, walking dogs and serving as volunteers for community service credit.
   Kathi LeCroy-Smith, an adult volunteer, said the shelter needs a veterinarian who would donate their services to treat animals.
   Wendy Riddle, another volunteer, said the animal shelter could use some "puppy" food. She said the shelter now has plenty of bedding, thanks to the donations from local residents.
   There were 28 dogs and puppies and seven cats at the shelter yesterday waiting to be adopted. The adoption fee is $38. The Carter County Humane Society will pay $50 to spay a female dog and $40 to spay a female cat.