Bernalillo County will be seeking voter approval in November for $4.5 million in bonds for a new animal shelter and adoption center.
The county already has $1.5 million and needs the bonds for the rest of the project, which would include a 25,000-square-foot shelter with space for a veterinary clinic.
The Albuquerque Journal reports the animal services department currently operates out of a converted fire station in the South Valley. In the truck bay, temporary kennels hold small dogs.
The county impounds nearly 2,000 dogs a year. The converted fire station acts as a temporary shelter until the animals are transferred to facilities operated by the cities of Albuquerque and Aztec or privately run rescue organizations.
County officials say construction on a new shelter could begin early next year.
Information from: Albuquerque Journal.
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