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A March vote by the County Council — which, in a symbolic gesture was unanimous — closed the book on efforts to bring a modern animal shelter into Greenwood. The 15,000-square-foot, $3.1 million facility will be built on 10 acres across from Leath Correctional Institution, funded in a public-private partnership between the county and Humane Society of Greenwood.

The county has committed a maximum of $2 million for the shelter, while the Humane Society is spending $1.2 million in privately raised capital for a spay and neuter clinic as well as a community education room. County officials began contracting with the Humane Society in 2002 to operate the shelter.

A groundbreaking ceremony was in mid-July, and the complex is expected to open this spring.”