Animal shelter site approved

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By Marganne Glasser

The county council has accepted a recommendation endorsed by both the Friends of the Shelter (FOS) and the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) to relocate the planned site for a new animal shelter to 246 East Road. The new shelter will be located between the LADOC facility and Animal Clinic of Los Alamos.

Wendy Burnish, president of FOS, strongly endorsed the new site at council’s meeting Tuesday night.

“It provides better access for the public and better marries the exercise and care of the animals,” she said, adding that the euthanasia rate of healthy animals is zero in this county, a percentage almost unheard of elsewhere.

Public Works Department Director Kyle Zimmerman said public comments at neighborhood community meetings have been largely supportive of the new site. He assured council that the concerns of noise, smell and quarantine to contain the spread of illness among animals could be addressed with good design.

Zimmerman stated that the need to install utilities and drainage could raise the price of the facility to more than $2 million.

“We need a really hard scrub on costs,” said Council Chair Jim Hall.

Councilor Jim West’s motion to fund the design studies with a project budget not to exceed $1.2 million passed unanimously.

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