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County Spends Thousands for Kennel

December 12, 1997

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) _ How do you know you’ve spent too much on a dog?

When the dog house costs more than your own.

A kennel for 20 drug-sniffing dogs being built next to a new jail has already cost Bergen County $236,000 _ $32,400 more than the average county resident pays for a house.

And the price is going up. Sheriff Jack Terhune is asking county freeholders to approve $38,000 more to connect sewers, water and electricity to the dog’s facility.

The kennel will have heated rooms, individual sleeping quarters, a grooming area, an office, a food preparation room and a locker room for trainers. Each dog will have a private, 4-by-4-foot stall connected to individual dog runs.

The freeholders delayed a vote on the payment last week until they could learn more.

Freeholder Anthony Cassano, who has toured the proposed kennel site, defended the project, which has been slashed from an initial $500,000 price.

``This is not the Taj Mahal,″ Cassano said Wednesday. ``This is not a dog house you can put cars or Cadillacs in.″

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