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Shelter expansion will house more animals

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NEW BERN, Craven County - Soon animals in Craven-Pamlico Animal Shelter will have more room to stretch their paws thanks to an expansion that has been in the works for three years.

According to Craven County Assistant County Manager Gene Hodges, the $1 million expansion will consist of a brand new kennel adjacent to the existing shelter. The new modern facility will provide 92 more spaces for dogs. Hodges said this will allow them to keep more adoptable dogs and for longer than they are able to currently.

Hodges explained the main space problem at the shelter is due to the fact that they are required to house any animals that have been seized by the court. Those animals often take priority over the animals that are simply up for adoption. However this new expansion won't just benefit the canines.

"All together we are going to triple our capacity of what we can house in the animals, its also going to free up space in our existing facility to house more cats and small animals also which we don't have the capacity for now," said Hodges.

Hodges said the county expects the kennel to be finished by May. once they move the dogs into the new facility they will then refurbish the shelter to accommodate smaller animals. He says the entire project is expected to be completed by August.

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