New $4 million animal shelter in works in Carson City

CARSON CITY -- Plans are taking shape to build a new animal shelter in Carson City, and officials say a new facility is long overdue.

The city's current shelter was built in the 1960s. While some remodeling has been done over the years, officials said the shelter is always at or beyond capacity and the design no longer meets standards.

The Board of Supervisors approved an $85,000 design contract with BDA Architecture on July 7.

The Nevada Appeal reported that no decision has been made on where the new shelter will be located. But one site that has been discussed is near Centennial Park on the city's northeast side.

Building the shelter could cost around $4 million, officials said, and backers are forming a nonprofit group to begin fundraising.