Stamford accepts nearly $300,000 for animal pound

Facebook page for Stamford Animal Control Center, Oct. 2014.

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Stamford officials have accepted a nearly $300,000 gift to the Stamford Animal Care and Control Center to feed and care for animals.

Cynthia Smith, a Stamford resident and nurse, died last year leaving her estate, worth $283,000, to the Stamford animal center. The will specified the money be used for food, supplies and medical care of animals.

The Advocate of Stamford reports that the Board of Representatives voted unanimously to prohibit the use of Smith’s money for other shelter-related uses, such as construction of a new animal shelter.

City Rep. Matt Quinones said Smith strictly limited the bequest to food, supply and veterinary care.

Stamford’s animal control manager was fired earlier this year for adopting out aggressive dogs with a history of biting that later injured other people.

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Information from: The Advocate

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