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Denyse Madden gets ready to take Wally for a walk. Gregory's Gift of Hope, a private, nonprofit rescue facility, houses more than 85 animals. Director Colleen O'Shaughnessy says the county has a serious animal control problem and it's time the county and area municipalities do something about it. Jackie Grumish photo

Animal abandonment causes regional problem

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Colleen O'Shaughnessy is tired of people dumping animals on her property.

As director of Gregory's Gift of Hope, 1374 Hwy. 65, in New Richmond, O'Shaughnessy said she's bombarded daily by people who want to bring strays, abandoned animals and pets to her facility.

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When she tells them no, they threaten her with euthanizing the animal or decide to dump the animal on her doorstep, knowing she won't turn them away.

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Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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