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Local Animal Lover Leaves $385k for Animals

An animal lover's last request is helping to ensure a better life for local animals.

Morgan County's animal control program is getting $385,000 from Jacksonville resident Philip Howard, who died last year.

His will stipulates interest from the money can be used for the program's daily operations and building maintenance, but the principal will be used to build a new animal control building or expand the existing one.

That's good news for the staff, who say they often run out of space in the kennels.

"Worst case scenario we need to euthanize," said office manager Lisa Ladely. "We try not to. We work with so many rescue groups we usually do not have to euthanize anything. It's just that we have to get animals out out of here sooner that way."

The money came as a surprise to the Morgan County Board of Commissioners, which did not have any prior contact with Howard.

Without the money, though, Brad Zeller, vice-chairman of the county board, said a new or updated building would not have been a real possibility.

 
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