East Lubbock residents angry with city over new dog pound location - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/28/09

East Lubbock residents angry with city over new dog pound location

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Angry neighbors voiced their displeasure with the city council after Thursday's vote in favor of a new animal shelter. The council voted 6 to 1 in favor of zoning changes that would allow an animal shelter in Mackenzie Park. Most spoke out against that particular location.

"The people of district one and district two see this for what it is," says opponent Nadia Gonzales.  "It was a slap in the face when our two council representatives voted for this shelter in Mackenzie Park, after you fought to keep it out of Clapp Park. They didn't want it at Mcalister Park either. So they add to the long list of unwanted projects that have been dumped on our community."

"We feel like the animal shelter should be built somewhere else," says Carlos Quirino Jr., president of the Guadalupe Neighborhood Association.  "We feel like McKenzie Park has lost so much green space."

"We've had an opportunity for citizens in every district of Lubbock to speak on where they want the animal shelter," says supporter Mickey Jones.  "Mackenzie Park, let's go with it."

The new animal shelter is projected to cost at least $6 million dollars.  Councilman John Leonard was the lone vote of dissent.

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