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New Dog Rescue Shelter In Corning

New Dog Rescue In Corning

Corning (WENY) -- Christie Speciale loves dogs. So much so that she sold her house because of them. She's always wanted to build an animal shelter, so her family moved to the Town of Corning where zoning regulations are lenient and some areas already "kennel permited."

"We'll be building this summer," said Speciale. "It will be a no kill shelter, and we will, you know, not going to be doing public intake at first, but based on available funding we're going to grow into whatever we can for the community and for the animals."

Speciale founded Tanner's P.A.W.S. -- for Protecting Animal Welfare and Safety. She filed for non-profit status this year and needs approval from the the town board before she can start building. The shelter will only take in dogs at first, and it's big enough to hold 12. There's room to expand in the future, but everything depends on fundraisers and donations.

She's hoping the shelter will be up and running by fall, but for now, Speciale enjoys taking care of her five rescue dogs and thinking about helping more in the near future.

"Currently we do not have an animal shelter in Corning, so it is a huge issue," added Speciale. "So many animals are euthanized, and you can never have enough out there."

Tanner's P.A.W.S. is raising money with a refundable can and bottle drive tomorrow at American Twin Harley-Davidson in Painted Post.

For more information go to www.tannerspaws.org.