Veterinarian Jim Laurita plans to hold an informational meeting April 21 to inform citizens about his plan to build a facility to house an elephant at his Hatchet Mountain Road home.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Hope Fire Station on Camden Road.

The meeting is not part of the planning board process, but an opportunity to discuss the plan with the public, Laurita said.

On April 19, Laurita came before the Hope Planning Board to talk about his plan to build a state-of-art facility to house a 42-year-old Asian elephant. Rosie, as the elephant is named, is a retired circus elephant who is currently living in an Oklahoma facility, where she does not mix well with other elephants and as a result has received some injuries.

Laurita’s plan is to build a facility to house the elephant and will perform physical therapy, such as therapeutic ultrasounds and have her use a water treadmill. There also will be a large fenced-in area for her to roam.

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