The county broke ground this week on a massive tented structure to help expand the capacity of the Pima Animal Care Center. 

The $400,000 project began with the pouring of a cement floor for the semi-permanent structure, with plans to bring in the massive tent in the coming weeks.

When complete, the tent city will have heaters in the winter to keep the puppies warm and air conditioning in the summer to keep them cool.

The project is designed to ease overcrowding at the shelter, where as many as five dogs are put into a single kennel.

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