Pima County Supervisors have signed off on an emergency measure to build a temporary facility to ease chronic overcrowding at the Pima Animal Care Center.
The unanimous decision, which will draw more than $400,000 out of the county's emergency fund, will build a semi-permanent 120-by-60-foot tent next to the current facility on North Silverbell Road in the next few months as well as a hire additional staff.
Several volunteers described current conditions at the shelter at today's meeting of the Board of Supervisors, noting overcrowding has led to staff members putting as many as five dogs in each of the kennels. This had led to near-constant fights, some dogs going unfed as their kennel mates steal their food and some animals forced to sleep in feces-covered floors, volunteers told the board.
Plans for the temporary facility call for a concrete floor, as well as a heating and cooling system for the animals.
One long term solution calls for the a new $22 million facility to be built next door, but funding for the project is tied to a massive county bond project which has been recently delayed.