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Nesquehoning man donates $10K to animal shelter

Carbon County Commissioners got a big financial boost last week for improvement efforts at its county-run dog shelter.

David Kuchta of Nesquehoning donated $10,000 during Thursday’s commissioners meeting for use at the Carbon County Animal Shelter.

“The only stipulation is that it gets used for maintenance and repairs,” Kuchta said.

“Ventilation improvements are big time for me.”

A report completed by the Lehigh County Humane Society earlier this year cited several recommendations for updates at the shelter, including physical improvements.

“We did some blacktop work over there and the next phase is working on ventilation,” Commissioner Rocky Ahner said.

“This is greatly appreciated.”

Commissioners’ Chairman Wayne Nothstein assured Kuchta his donation would be used per his wishes.

Earlier this month, commissioners approved five members for its new animal shelter advisory commission.

“I think we’re seeing a lot of great things over there,” Ahner said. “(Shelter Director) Tom (Connors) called me and said there is a gentleman coming to give a donation.

“Sometimes we get $500 or $600, so I thought it was a mistake when he said $10,000. It’s really great news.”

Dave Kuchta, second from left, of Nesquehoning, donates $10,000 for maintenance and ventilation updates at the Carbon County Animal Shelter. From left are Carbon County Commissioner Rocky Ahner, Kuchta, Commissioner Wayne Nothstein and Commissioner Chris Lukasevich. JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS