Newtown victim’s animal shelter dream turning real

In this April 2012 photo provided by Jenny Hubbard, her daughter Catherine Hubbard hugs their dog Sammy at their home in Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/Jenny Hubbard)
In this April 2012 photo provided by Jenny Hubbard, her daughter Catherine Hubbard hugs their dog Sammy at their home in Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/Jenny Hubbard)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A slain Newtown girl’s imaginary animal shelter may soon become a reality.

By next month, the state is expected to finishing conveying 34.4 acres of state-owned land in Newtown to the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation. The foundation is raising money to fund the new Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, named after one of the 20 first-graders killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy recently signed legislation instructing the Department of Agriculture to transfer the land.

Plans for the new sanctuary include a shelter and adoption center for cats and dogs, a refuge for farm animals and a rescue and release program for injured wildlife. The goal is to open the main building in 2016.

Catherine had designed business cards for an imaginary shelter.

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