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West Richland looking to move its animal control facility

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash.--  West Richland city leaders are discussing what to do with their animal control facility.  Right now, the city has a small, outdoor shelter near a new housing development.

The city says it can move the facility, expand it, contract animal services out, or join with Benton County's proposed new animal control facility.  Ruth Swain, Economic Development Director for West Richland, says, "We do plan to move our current facilities.  We're looking into options for moving it.  We've seen a lot of growth in our residential areas as well as our business enterprise, so the current location is not the best."  Swain says it may be another year or two before anything is decided.

Benton County commissioners say somehow integrating West Richland is also an option for them. Commissioners are currently in the process of looking into specifics of cost and ordinances for the county's new facility.