Cameron County to invest in new animal shelter

SAN BENITO — Cameron County commissioners have made a commitment to invest $1.3 million toward the construction of a new animal shelter.

The new shelter, which will be more than twice the size of the current one, will provide some much needed space to accommodate the influx of animals the Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services deals with daily.

It will be located in the same area as the old one at 1390 W. Expressway 83 in San Benito, and it will be 5,121 square feet.

“If you go out there and you look at the building — I don’t want to even call it a facility — it’s much needed,” said David Garcia, county administrator. “We need a place in the county where our employees can work that is helpful to them when they’re dealing with animals and keeping them in a safe place.”

The new shelter will include 34 large kennels (including 10 quarantine), with separate cat and dog isolation kennels, puppy kennels, cat kennels and 10 large exterior kennels for temporary relocation.

The site also will have mechanical equipment mezzanines and on-site wastewater treatment.

The current shelter is approximately 2,079 square feet and was built in 1990 as a rabies quarantine facility.

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