Pima County Board of Supervisors approves emergency funding for animal shelter expansion

Sasha Loftis

Pima County Board of Supervisors approves emergency funding for animal shelter expansion

CREATED Nov. 5, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV)- The Pima County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved to allocate more than $400,000 to Pima Animal Care Center Tuesday, to deal with overcrowding.

The shelter will dedicate $280,000 to install a new tent facility, including a concrete slab, utilities, supplies and new kennels. This will expand the center's capacity by 50 percent.

The board vote also authorized $242,000 for additional staffing, which will help with PACC's ongoing needs, as it continues to save more pets.

Though the organization ultimately plans to seek more funding for future shelter investments, the root of the overcrowding issue will require an increase in spay/neuter capacity, according to Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckleberry.

During the meeting, Huckleberry brought up the projected action of Oro Valley, which announced last week its plan to dedicate a portion of its dog licensing fees to spay/neuter funding. The county will ask other neighboring jurisdictions to follow Oro Valley's lead, Huckleberry said.

The PACC tent will have electricity, running water, as well as heating and cooling. It is expected to be operational within a few hours.
 

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