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Stanislaus County approves final animal shelter plan

Stanislaus County Animal Shelter is among those projects in need of financial assistance. (Bart Ah You/The Modesto Bee)
Stanislaus County Animal Shelter is among those projects in need of financial assistance. (Bart Ah You/The Modesto Bee)

Stanislaus County supervisors approved the final design for an $11 million animal shelter intended to provide clean, humane facilities and reduce the population of unwanted animals.

The 33,360-square-foot center, planned on land near Crows Landing Road and Cornucopia Way and Cornucopia Way, will have what officials believe is the only spay-neuter clinic at a county-owned shelter in California.

County staff will negotiate a contract with Stanislaus Area Veterinarians for the Economically Disadvantaged to run the low-cost clinic to serve low-income pet owners. The county also will keep working on an agreement with Modesto, Ceres, Hughson, Patterson and Waterford to provide animal services and share the costs of the facility.

The animal shelter was approved on a 5-0 vote, clearing the way for the county to invite bids from construction contractors. If a contract is awarded in the fall, the shelter with capacity for 563 animals could be built and occupied by late 2010.

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