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Shelter to get upgrades

Posted: March 22, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 22, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Registered Veterinarian Technician Kathy Baxter, left, preps a puppy for surgery as Veterinarian Adriane Kristo-Reinking neuters another dog at the Castaic Animal Shelter on Wednesday. The county recently approved plans to build a bigger clinic.


A recently approved spay and neuter clinic at the Castaic Animal Shelter will provide better animal care services for animals at the shelter and pets who need vaccinations, county officials said.

Last month, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved plans to build a 1,600-square-foot spay and neuter clinic and a modular 1,440-square-foot administration building, as well as other animal care center improvements.

"It's really going to accommodate the department's needs in the north county area," said Evelina Villa, a spokeswoman for Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control.

The spay and neuter clinic will offer a customer-service area, evaluation area, and pre-surgery and post-surgery rooms, Villa said in an email.

Residents will be able to take advantage of low-cost vaccinations at the clinic, although Villa said the spay and neuter services will not be available for the public's use and are intended for the shelter animals.

"It's going to be an area where the community can bring their animals for low-cost vaccinations," Villa said.

Other Los Angeles County communities have had spay and neuter clinics built recently, including Lancaster, Carson and Baldwin Park, Villa said.

The administrative staff's building will allow space for staff to work, Villa said.

Repairs will be made to the animal shelter, including the installation of a cold soft-water line from the existing utility building to the kennel building, repairs to the facility irrigation system and replacement of damaged asphalt around the perimeter of the kennel building with new concrete pavement, Villa said.

The spay and neuter clinic will cost an estimated $905,000, the modular building will cost an estimated $250,000, and $105,000 has been budgeted for site repairs, according to officials.

The total cost of the project - $1.86 million - will be paid for using $1.73 million in the county's 5th District's one-time provisional financing use funds and $130,000 from the 5th District capital improvements fund, Villa said.

Construction on the building should begin January 2013 and be completed by March 2014, Villa said.



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