Animal Shelter that Burned Will Get $55K Boost

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WOODBINE, Ky. (AP) -- An eastern Kentucky animal shelter that burned down will get help rebuilding with coal severance tax money.

(Credit: MGN Online)

State Rep. Regina Bunch told WKYT-TV the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter will get $45,000 the first year and another $10,000 the next year.

The Coal Severance is a fund designated every two years, and the Republican representative said she often looks to give it to non-profits or groups that provide a public service.

The November 29 fire killed about a dozen cats and dogs. The remaining animals currently are being sheltered in a temporary space.

Bunch represents House District 82, which encompasses Whitley and a portion of Laurel County.

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