Animal shelter decision put on hold for 30 days - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/16/09

Animal shelter decision put on hold for 30 days

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Arguments were heard Tuesday morning by Judge Ruben Reyes concerning the placement of the new animal shelter in Mackenzie Park.

Sixty people were in attendance when the hearing started at 9:00 a.m.

Judge Reyes granted both sides 30 days to give time to gather more information because there are still legal questions that need to be addressed. This is also time that Judge Reyes will have to determine if the plaintiff has a valid case.

Friday morning, a Lubbock judge denied a temporary restraining order to block the construction of a new animal shelter near Mackenzie Park.

Thursday, a group of residents filed a suit to stop the city of Lubbock from building the shelter. The lawsuit claims an animal shelter is not a correct and proper use of a city park. Texas Parks and Wildlife code specifies that there is a procedure that must be followed to use park land for other purposes.

Councilman John Leonard, who opposed the location, said there was no public hearing as there was on other locations. He also said Mackenzie Park is not a central location, which was the original goal of the new shelter.

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