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  • Voters will have opportunity to decide on animal shelter improvements in November general election

    Mar 18, 2014 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to ask voters on the November general election ballot if they will support overhauling the County’s outdated animal shelter.none

    The vote comes as Pima Animal Care Center has embraced modern animal care practices that have helped to save the lives of more animals at the center, which cared for nearly 24,000 pets last fiscal year. As the only open-admission shelter in the County, Pima Animal Care Center takes all animals that present to the shelter in need.

    While the live release rate has increased from 55 percent two years ago to 76 percent this fiscal year to date, it also means the Center is keeping more animals in shelter and keeping them longer while they wait for new homes. The Board of Supervisors in the fall approved the construction of a tent as a stopgap measure to reduce overcrowding and meet demand.

    The proposed $22 million facility, which would help Pima Animal Care achieve industry best practices, would cost about $4 annually for the homeowner of a house at the median value of about $150,000. But County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry said taxpayers should remember that Pima County is paying down general obligation bond debt quickly, at a rate of $50 million a year, so they may not notice an increase.