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Former labor camp building to become animal shelter

The city is taking bids for asbestos abatement at the former farm labor administration building in preparation for it to become a larger animal shelter.

“The new shelter will have a minimum of 40 kennels,” said Public Works Director Birdiana Bishop. “There will also be a cattery available.”

The current animal shelter on 7th Street will be left vacant when the final move takes place, which most likely won’t be for another year or so, according to Bishop.

“The asbestos abatement will be going out to bid,” Bishop said.

She also said the current animal shelter is taking in strays and owner surrenders at this time.

While the adoption fees may seem high, they include vaccination fees, spay or neutering and the veterinarian cost for the medical procedures, and Parvo and Rabies shots, she said.

“Animals cannot be adopted until they are fixed,” Bishop said.

Bishop also said that the day care building will be demolished for the dog run.

The City Council voted unanimously to approve the retrofitting and relocation of the animal shelter.


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