- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

ROME, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate city is seeking permission from the New York state Legislature to allow an animal welfare group to build its new facility on historic property dating back to the Colonial American wars.

Earlier this month the Rome Common Council approved a resolution requesting that lawmakers in Albany authorize the city to allow the Rome Humane Society to build on the Fort Bull property.

The city-owned parkland was the site of a British fort that was destroyed in a raid during the French and Indian War. The soldiers defending the fort were massacred and local historians say they believe the fallen were buried in a mass grave on the property.

Humane Society officials say there are no other locations within the city limits where a new shelter and animal control office could be built.

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