After nearly 11 months of construction, the new Clark County Animal Shelter is ready for animals and employees to move in.
“It’s designed a lot more functionally than the other building, so it’s going to be a lot easier for us,” Shelter Director Beth Bowman said.
Clark County Judge-Executive Henry Branham, Deputy Judge Liz Elswick and Clark County Attorney Brian Thomas toured the facility Monday as part of a final inspection.
Officials said the building meets expectations, and builder Deitrich Construction can fix minor problems while employees begin the moving process.
Bowman said she hopes to have all animals and supplies transferred by the end of the week. Currently, the shelter houses about 35 dogs and 50 cats.
Fundraising for the new facility began about seven years ago, and construction began in July 2011. The building will replace the current facility, built in the 1970s — a building that Bowman believes is no longer functional.
“This shelter building is designed better for the animals,” Bowman said.
The shelter includes air conditioning, something not available in the old building, and 10 dog runs.
The new Clark County Animal Shelter is located at 5000 Iron Works Road, adjacent to the old shelter.
Anyone wishing to visit the shelter this week should go to the old building.
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