Ground breaking for new animal shelter - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/27/10

Ground breaking for new animal shelter

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Shovels hit the dirt Wednesday, finally after three locations were rejected for the new animal shelter. Located South East Drive and Loop 289 the shelter will be on 15 acres purchased last summer. The old shelter is too far gone to just add improvements.

"The facility we currently have is out of date it's gotten old and it's time for a change and bring the technology up to the 21st century, and that's what we're going to do with this facility," said Lubbock City Assistant Manager Quincy White.

The city has about five million dollars to go toward building the updated shelter, one Lubbock needs badly.  The biggest problem is the lack of heating and air conditioning in many rooms.

Many of the cages are half way blocked off in winter because of no heating system. The same for several other rooms. One large area is used for a play room another for storage because no animals can be housed there during the cold winter months.

The new shelter, although the design plan calls for less square footage than the old one, will be able to house about 25 more animals because of more efficient use of space. "In terms of actual space usage it's very similar it's just more efficient and more modern facility," said White.

The new animal shelter also hopes to update old technology like the drainage systems that are dug in front of each cage. When cleaning the cages all the water from the cages goes into one drain, leaving open the possibility of airborne diseases being spread from dog to dog. The new shelter is expected to have a drain in each cage.

The current shelter's roof doesn't have sound dampening material, making it hard to hear over all the barking.Cages are rusting, poor air ventilation, and leaking roofs, over 50 years old the building is just too old and in poor condition to make improvements.

With the new shelter, improvements can be made for years to come. "We have all this expansion room for future years but in my opinion I hope we never have to expand, I hope 250 cages become too many," said White.

The new shelter is expected to be done by March 2011.

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