Wrentham Selectmen Support Animal Shelter Project at Developmental Center

Shelter project advocates sought selectmen support. The shelter will serve the area, including Foxborough, Norfolk, Plainville and Wrentham.

The Wrentham Board of Selectmen voted unanimously at its meeting Tuesday to support an animal shelter project at the Wrentham Developmental Center.

Maureen Osolnik, of the 4Paws Animal Shelter group, presented the project to the board.

"We're trying to construct an animal shelter to serve the area," she said. "There are no shelters in Wrentham, Norfolk, Plainville or Foxborough."

"Franklin has a pound, but not a shelter," she added. "They're only legally required to take dogs."

Osolnik said the shelter would be no-kill and would take in a variety of animals.

"We would take in cats, rabbits, gerbils — all kinds of domestic animals that, in this day and age, a lot of people have been forced to surrender," she said. "We'd take care of them, and hopefully adopt them all out."

She told the board that the group had met with Wrentham Developmental Center officials, State Sen. Richard Ross and State Rep. Daniel Winslow.

"We discussed a location at the developmental center," she said. "It's an isolated spot, across from the sewage treatment plant, and there are not houses around. We would not be a nuisance in the neighborhood because there is no neighborhood."

Board members said they were in favor of the project.

"I think it's a great idea," said member Stephen Langley.


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