Friday, November 11, 2011

Auction goes to the dogs

Jerome animal advocates open bids on luxury doghouse

Express Staff Writer

Anythings Pawsable, a Jerome-based animal advocacy group, is auctioning off a doghouse to build a holding facility for impounded dogs in Wendell.

The house is fully insulated, with a redwood deck and solar panels that light the outside. Group founder Mary Holley said that at about 15 square feet and with a sturdy roof, the house should last long enough to house two or three dogs in its lifetime.

Holley said the need for a facility in Wendell was demonstrated in July when a dog that had bitten a child died as a result of heat and thirst in a makeshift facility.

When stray dogs are impounded, Holley said, they are often sent to other area facilities where they are euthanized after three days.

She said proceeds from the sale of the doghouse will go toward purchase of $2,600 worth of concrete to build a foundation. She said several local tradesmen are donating their time to build the shelter.

Bids on the house can be placed until Jan. 1 by calling (503) 851-7005, by finding Anythings Pawsable on Facebook, or by mail to 705 East Main St., Jerome, ID 83338. Donations are also welcome. The house is available for viewing at the Valley Country Store in Jerome or on Facebook.

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