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Benton County Animal Control opening

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KENNEWICK, Wash.—After years of planning the Benton County Animal Control Facility opened Monday in Kennewick.

The opening of the facility now means a new animal ordinance is in effect.   The county can now impound dogs fund in rural areas. 

If a dog is found and taken to the Animal Control Facility owners have 72-hours before it will either be put down or put up for adoption.  To reclaim your pet it will cost you $30 for the first violation and $50 for the second violation.

"Tomorrow morning we'll start picking up dogs and as a matter of fact we got a phone call earlier today first thing tomorrow morning.  Tiffany will be going out to pick up two stray Chihuahuas that were picked up out in the Finley area," Larry Taylor, Benton County Animal Control. 

The new facility on Grant Place is 3,200 square feet with 32 kennels for stray, injured or abandoned dogs.  The total project cost the county $820,000.