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GF animal hospital to move, build crematory

Kindness Animal Hospital is planning to move east to the old Lithia Hyundai dealership at 2325 32nd Ave. S. As part of the move, veterinarian Richard Odegard is seeking permission from the city to build an animal crematory, according to city staf...

Kindness Animal Hospital is planning to move east to the old Lithia Hyundai dealership at 2325 32nd Ave. S.

As part of the move, veterinarian Richard Odegard is seeking permission from the city to build an animal crematory, according to city staff. If he gets approval, he'll remodel the two-story building, adding indoor parking to offload injured animals and possibly an apartment for a student intern.

The state Department of Health and city staff has checked out emissions and found them negligible, staff reported. The crematory in Bismarck did not have not visible smoke.

Kindness hospital already has an incinerator at its location at the freeway ramp off of 32nd Avenue. The nearest crematory is north of Fargo.

The city is imposing some conditions, one of which is the Grand Forks crematory wouldn't be used for large animals, such as horses.

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