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Humane Society jumps a major hurdle

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KENNEWICK, Wash;--  It's a big day for the Benton Franklin Humane Society now that they cleared the first major hurdle of a project to build a new animal shelter. 
     The no kill animal shelter will be built on the eastern end of Kennewick. The Humane Society purchased four acres of land on Seventh Avenue from the Port of Kennewick. 
     They say the new building will take in three times as many animals as the current building. Workers tell us they launched a capital campaign in October of last year with the vision of building a larger shelter, and now they are excited to see that vision finally come true.

"It's a big deal, it really is," Benton Franklin Humane Society Operations Manager Ed Dawson said. "It's one of the reasons why I'm doing what I'm doing and it's a big reason why a lot of our staff is here and our board of trustees are donating their time. We're here to help the animals and there are a lot of animals out there that need our help."

The Humane Society plans to break ground by mid February but still needs to raise funds. Currently they have $700,000 but need about two million to complete the project.