By LeeAnn Cain / Staff Writer

The Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter will receive additional funding from Coal Severance funds from Knox and Whitley counties.

The funds are expected to help rebuild the animal shelter, whose main building was destroyed in a November fire. According to Kentucky Representative Regina Bunch (R-District 82), $45,000 will be awarded to the animal shelter in 2015 and another $10,000 will be awarded to the shelter in 2016.

Bunch said Kentucky Rep. Jim Stewart (R-District 86) and Kentucky Sen. Robert Stivers (R-District 25) made the decision to allocate some of the Coal Severance funds to the animal shelter.

“We wanted to look into the animal shelter. Our communities need a humane place for the animals and a place for people to adopt them,” Bunch said.

The Coal Severance is a fund designated by local legislators every two years, and Bunch said she often looks to give those monies to organizations that need it. The animal shelter did not receive the entire Coal Severance fund; Bunch said the money was split among “those who need it most.”

“It’s the people’s money,” Bunch said. “The money goes where we can see the most benefits for the people, where people’s hearts are.”

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