To the editor:
I am responding to your online article titled “Barrington town manager says he is interested in discussing a regional shelter” posted on Oct. 23.
In this article it was stated that the town of Barrington currently has no animal shelter and is currently sending strays to Warren and East Providence. The neighboring towns of Warren and Bristol are also having issues with their existing animal shelters. Warren is showing signs of age and Bristol is in need a whole new building. The animal shelter in Bristol has leaky roofs, electrical shortages and jammed doors that will not close or shut. In the town of Bristol voters approved a $2 million bond to rebuild another shelter, but were unable to do so because bids for the project exceeded the budget.
I believe it is in these towns best interest to have a regional shelter.
It is understandable why Bristol has not yet confirmed interest in a regional shelter; I believe this is due to the large difference in allowed budgets. More public awareness could greatly help to resolve this issue more effectively and efficiently.
If a merger of towns is possible, budgets could be raised due to the amount of money each town would save in the long run by having a regional shelter. Ultimately, it is the animals in these three towns who are suffering. Hopefully these towns can come together to resolve this issue.