HAMPSTEAD -- Residents in one Hampstead neighborhood are fighting to keep an animal shelter out of the area. Pender County commissioners will vote Monday on a zoning change along a stretch of Highway 210. It would allow the Topsail Humane Society to relocate there. More than 40 residents turned out Sunday to show their opposition to the move. They're concerned about the smell and noise from the shelter. Hampstead resident Nancy Parra-Ash said, "My main point of contention is that our property values will go down, and we want to appeal to the Pender County commissioners as tax payers, as voters, as constituents, you know, of Pender County to reconsider placing a 97-stall dog shelter in our neighborhood." Officials from the Humane Society say they need a larger area for the shelter. They say there will be a buffer zone between the shelter and nearby homes. The meeting is open to the public and will take place Monday night at seven o'clock in the public assembly room at 805 South Walker St. in Burgaw.
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