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CERRO GORDO COUNTY, Iowa - Cerro Gordo County will soon become home to a new animal sanctuary.
The 'Glady Mae Animal Sanctuary' will be located at the intersection of 210th Street and Quail Road just south of Mason City.
The sanctuary will turn exisitng barns on the property into kennels and a play area, as well as an on-site medical building.
Judy Siems moved to the property from Minnesota seven months ago, but has had plans to build the sanctuary for over two years. She says that her mother was the key inspiration for the facility.
"She made me promise three things...and one was to build this animal sanctuary. Number two was to stay close to her family...most of her family's here...and I didn't really put that together at that time because I was still in Minnesota, and the third thing was never forget her," Siems says.
Siems is originally from Cerro Gordo County, and when selecting the location of the sanctuary, she felt that her home county was the perfect place for it.
"It finally dawned on me, this does not belong in Minnesota. Who knows Glady Mae...nobody knows her up there. This belongs in Cerro Gordo County," Siems says
Siems says construction will be done in phases when enough funds become available.