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Dog shelter gets special donation


There were very happy dogs at one Decatur animal shelter all thanks to an Eagle Scout who had his mind set on helping dogs.

The Macon County Animal Control and Care Center got a makeover. Jack Kaufman donated "puppy pavilions."

After 67 hours of labor, two semi trucks, a forklift and lots of volunteers, 17 year old Kaufman finally completed his leadership project for the Eagle Scouts. His mission: to build and donate dog houses because the shelter needed them.

"So I said okay. How many do you need," Kaufman said.

It was 14, so Kaufman raised $5,000 and built 420 pound houses that will give animals shade when the weather gets warm for many years to come.

"They're 35 year shingles and in 35 years somebody else will have to do that for their Eagle Scout project because they'll still be standing here," Kaufman said.

Kaufman's houses are a special addition.

"They are definitely more on the higher scale," said Lt. Jeff Scheibly of the Macon County Animal Control and Care Center. "Almost like small gazeboes so we're very excited and very willing to have them put out here... I'm sure we could deck them out with some pillows and blankets and stuff to make them a comfy little structure."

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