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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

To the work al­ready done by Ce­cil County An­i­mal Ser­vices, the new county-run an­i­mal con­trol and care op­er­a­tion. This week, county coun­cil mem­bers toured the op­er­a­tion’s Route 213 fa­cil­ity, for­merly the SPCA of Ce­cil County head­quar­ters, which was opened to the pub­lic July 1. New county an­i­mal ser­vices di­rec­tor Abi­gail Light­ning-Bing­ham told the of­fi­cials that even though the shel­ter’s sig­nage has not gone up yet and more pro­mo­tional work is yet to be done, her staff has seen nu­mer­ous cases al­ready. On Mon­day, two stray an­i­mals that were picked up by an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cers were re­united with their fam­i­lies. So far, about 30 an­i­mals have been adopted or taken by res­cue ef­forts out of the county shel­ter. Aid­ing that ef­fort are low­ered adop­tion costs of $65 per dog and $40 per cat — though free cat adop­tions are be­ing of­fered through the end of July. Light­ning-Bing­ham told of­fi­cials that she has also be­gun a re­view of the county’s an­i­mal care and con­trol or­di­nance for po­ten­tial changes to make it more com­mon sense and eas­ier to en­force. Prior con­tracted agen­cies of­ten com­plained that the laws were too broad to prop­erly en­force, so ku­dos to the new an­i­mal ser­vices di­rec­tor for do­ing some­thing about it while also help­ing our four-legged res­i­dents in the mean­time. The shel­ter, lo­cated at 3280 Au­gus­tine Her­man High­way, is open noon to 5:30 p.m. Tues­days, noon to 7 p.m. Wed­nes­days, noon to 5:30 p.m. Thurs­days, noon to 5:30 p.m. Fri­days, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur­days and noon to 3 p.m. Sun­days. It is closed on Mon­days. For more in­for­ma­tion or for an­i­mal con­trol as­sis­tance, call 410-441-2040.

To Amer­ica’s first fe­male ma­jor party pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee. Re­gard­less of how you feel about Hil­lary Clin­ton and the scan­dals that have en­veloped her cam­paign, it truly was a mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion to see a woman be­come a con­tender for the White House this week. Much like her Demo­cratic Party pre­de­ces­sor Barack Obama, who broke the pres­i­den­tial color bar­rier, the in­creas­ing diver­sity in our high­est lev­els of gov­ern­ment are a good thing for our fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Many of our First World part­ners have al­ready bro­ken such barriers in re­cent decades, so we’re glad to see our daugh­ters have a new dream be­come that much more at­tain­able.

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