A woman has left her estate of $1.2 million to be used to help care for dogs and cats in Carter County.
Glenda Taylor DeLawder's bequest was announced Christmas Day on county's government website by Mayor Leon Humphrey.
Humphrey said $540,000 will be given to the Elizabethton Carter County Animal Shelter to expand the dog and cat holding areas and to purchase a new van and convert it so that it can be used to transport dogs and cats to be spayed and neutered.
Construction will begin the shelter expansion Jan. 9 and Humphrey said the van is scheduled to arrive by March 1.
DeLawder, who is described by her family as being an avid animal lover, died last November.