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Benton County Animal Control should ease Tri-Cities facility

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KENNEWICK, Wash. --  The Benton County Animal Control building on 1116 Grant Place in Kennewick was supposed to open on January 1st, but now February 1st is the new determined date.

 The 3,200 square foot facility will have 36 kennels and a quarantine area and a sterile medical room.

The facility will serve for strays, injured and abandoned pets from the unincorporated parts of Benton County.  Right now, the Tri-Cities Animal Shelter and Animal Control Services are only available for those within city limits.

Angela Zilar says many pet owners lie about their address to turn in their abandoned pets, overcrowding their shelter.

 "I would hope that having another resource in the Tri-Cities will help people rather than make people feel like they don't have any other option.  Then they start making the wrong choices," says Zilar.


The two facilities do not share a contract and animals from one will not be sent to the other.

Franklin County currently doesn't have such a service for it's unincorporated areas.