- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

STANTON, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is closing its flagship Stanton animal shelter next month because of mounting debt.

The News Journal of Wilmington (http://delonline.us/1RtFw9Q ) reports the organization’s executive director Andrea Perlak says the Stanton shelter will close June 17 and the property will be sold. The money from the sale will go toward supporting the SPCA’s Georgetown location, Sussex County’s only animal shelter.

The announcement comes one year after the organization spent $500,000 to build new dog kennels and cat crates there. Perlak says all the new kennels and crates will be transferred Georgetown, in addition to any remaining animals.

Perlak says about 20 employees will lose their jobs following the June 17 closure of the Stanton shelter, although she says many area shelters could hire them.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com

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