PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) - Plans are moving forward to construct a million dollar animal shelter in Prince George County.
Construction is expected to start January 2011. The new shelter will be able to house many more animals for a longer period of time -- that means an increase in the possibility of an animal being adopted and a decrease in the possibility of an animal being put down.
The county's current animal shelter is next to a landfill and was built in late 70's to house only a few animals at a time.
"The population is expanding in the county, both animal and human, and the way these older facilities were designed were more as a pound. The facility has become outdated and I think the county recognizes it's time for a new facility," said Officer Job Greene, Animal Control Supervisor.
Last year the county budgeted $1.2-million for a new shelter. Now, an image of what that facility will look like. The seven thousand square foot building will be twice the size of the present animal shelter.
The shelter will be built on Route 460.
"Having a larger facility will be able to allow us to hold animals longer and that will allow us to keep them up for adoption longer until we find them homes and we won't have to euthanize as much as we currently do," said Greene.
Once it's finished, the new shelter will house 50 kennels - 10 more than what's at the present shelter. There will also be 17 additional cat cages.
"It will be a brighter facility with better air quality and surfaces. This in turn will allow us to keep the animals healthier, more behavioral sound and more adoptable," said Greene.
The county plans to solicit bids for construction on the shelter, next month. The facility is expected to be up and running by 2012.