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      Three local animal shelters receive grants from taxpayer fund

      Three mid-Michigan animal shelters are receiving money from a taxpayer-supported fund.

      Twenty-two animal shelters across Michigan have been awarded nearly $185,000 from a state fund to which residents voluntarily contribute on their tax returns.

      State Veterinarian Dr. James Averill this week announced grants recently given from the Michigan Animal Welfare Fund. The state received 56 applications totaling close to $480,000 in requests.

      ??Each year, Michigan taxpayers generously donate funds by checking a box on their tax returns,?? said Averill in a statement. ??The program began distributing funds in 2010, and MDARD has been able to support the important work conducted by these shelters by providing nearly $700,000 to 82 animal shelters across the state.??

      The money will go to spaying and neutering animals, registration fees, speakers for large anti-animal cruelty training conferences and caring for abused and neglected animals.

      Mid-Michigan animal shelters receiving grants include:

      Arenac County Animal Control: $6,500Gratiot County Animal Control: $2,000Isabella County Animal Control: $10,000