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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Connecticut Department of Agriculture receives grant for large animal facility

The state Department of Agriculture has received a grant of slightly more than $50,000 from The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation to make improvements to its Niantic facility where horses and other large animals seized in neglect cases are rehabilitated for public adoption, according to a release..
"The $51,600 grant will be used to build new paddock and pasture fences and purchase equipment such as stall mats, horse blankets, a hot water heater and veterinary items used in the Second Chance program," the release said.. 
"Located at York Correctional Facility in Niantic, the Second Chance program is a collaboration"  between the departments of  Agriculture and Correction, the release said. " Inmates from York volunteer to work with the animals in partnership with agency personnel." 
“For 11 years this program has proven to be beneficial for both the animals and the inmates,” said  Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky, also in the statement.  “The support of the Wiederhold Foundation is very much appreciated and will help us continue to give the animals the care they deserve.”
"The Wiederhold Foundation was created in 2012 to protect and improve the welfare of animals of all kinds; the promotion of veterinary programs and the protection of wildlife, including endangered animals and plants. The grant was received through the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut."
Those interested in adopting an animal through the Second Chance program should contact Animal Control Officer Linda Wenner at 860-713-2567 or Potential adopters are screened and are required to sign a contract that the animal will be cared for properly.
Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.  In the photo: DoAg Animal Control Officer Nancy Jarvis leads Santana as Isis closely follows.  Both horses are available for public adoption though the Second Chance program.
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