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Delaware officials have issued a Code Purple opening up shelters in Kent and Sussex Counties as the temperatures begin to drop.

They will remain open until Sunday.

In Sussex County the Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford, the Shepherd’s Office House in Georgetown and the Gateway Fellowship in Bridgeville will be serving as shelters.

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The chilly weather has caused Sussex County to declare a Code Purple and opens up its shelters through tomorrow night.

The facilities open up when the temperatures drop below freezing and provide beds and food.

WBOC reports that the shelters for men can be found in Milford at the United Methodist Church for men and in Georgetown at Shepherd’s Office House for men.

The shelter for women and children is located in Bridgeville at Gateway Fellowship.

Humane Society of the United States

There are some 300 dogs that are being taken care of at shelters around Wicomico County after they were seized from a local home.

Sheriff’s deputies and animal control conducted a 14 hour check at a kennel earlier this month.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that State’s Attorney Matthew Maciarello said this was like large child abuse case.

It is not clear if any of the dogs will have to be put down.

Currently, they are being evaluated and eventually many will be put out for adoption.

Delaware Transit website

DOVER, Del. (AP) - More ads may soon be coming to a bus stop near you.

The state House was scheduled to vote Tuesday on a bill that would allow the Delaware Transit Corporation to advertise on the back panels of bus shelters throughout the state.

While allowing ads on the back of the shelters, the legislation would still prohibit ads within a residential subdivision, except at its entrance, and within 50 feet of a residence.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Volunteers are heading out across Delaware to count the number of people who are homeless in the state.

The News Journal reports several dozen volunteers will conduct the survey this week. The federal government requires the count in every state and U.S. territory. The numbers provide data for researchers and policy makers to understand the problem of homelessness.

The homeless are flocking to shelters with the winter blast that promises to put more snow on the ground over the weekend.

Hope and Life Outreach took in 47 people over night.

Executive Director Celeste Savage told the Salisbury Daily Times that the south Boulevard shelter has bed for only 29 people but can expand to 80 with the addition of cots.

Meanwhile, the Community Emergency Shelter Project told the paper that they were expending a full house last night at this week’s host churches.