Las Cruces – Animal-rights groups are praising a decision by the City of Las Cruces to spend up to $120,000 overhauling an air circulation system that exposed animals to disease-filled air.
Three staff members from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals visited the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley shelter in early July.
They later presented a report to the animal shelter board that was critical of the shelter's ventilation system and the unsealed concrete blocks and floors, which can harbor disease.
City Councilor and animal shelter board chairman Miguel Silva says the board has been aware of the problems and noted that the goal is outlined in a strategic plan for the shelter.
Silva admitted the ASPCA coming in prompted the city to move faster in making repairs.
Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com
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