Funds expected to help rebuild Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - The flames have been out for months but the fire's effect is still felt daily at the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter, or at least that's what this temporary place is supposed to be. However, a big boost is coming to help get the shelter running right.

"When it first started, and they first had the fire, I was very concerned about them having a humane place for our animals to be taken," explained Representative Regina Bunch.

Bunch said she was approached by the shelter about helping raise funds, which lead her and other area lawmakers to find a solution.

"Representative (Jim) Stewart and I were talking when we got the Coal Severance, and we just thought that this was something that was a major need and they had suffered a critical setback in an area that was needy to begin with," she said the two also confirmed the idea with Senator Robert Stivers.

The Coal Severance is a fund designated every two years, and Bunch said she often looks to give it to non-profits organizations or public services in need. This shelter needs the help.

"It's not about a ribbon cutting, it's not about what we did. It's the people's money, it's just where we felt, at this time, was a deserving and an appropriate place to place that money," Bunch stated.

In the first year, the shelter will be given $45,000 and another $10,000 the next year, which should go a long way to getting them a new building that better meets their needs.

"Get the most bang for our buck, that was our objective," said Bunch.

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