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New Animal Shelter in the Works

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PASCO, Wash.- Plans for a new animal shelter are in the works.

The current shelter is overcrowded and outdated.

The shelter was built in the 60s, and it's been updated and remodeled to keep up with the need since then, but Animal Control says a new shelter is now the only option.

They hope they can get a new shelter on the Animal Control Authority's budget by 2008, and get something built starting shortly after that.

Right now, they're about 90% full on any given day, but things like the huge animal seizure in Kennewick last week often put them over the top.

"You can actually have some areas that are designated for certain types of things where now we're just kind of when we have a space available that's where an animal has to go," said Angela Zilar.

The decision on whether to build is up to the three cities involved, Pasco, Kennewick and Richland, and the money would most likely have to come out of the tax base for those areas.