Fort Wayne animal shelter plans $298,000 upgrade

Improvements are coming to the city's animal shelter. (News-Sentinel,com file photo)

Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control plans to remodel the medical and triage area of its shelter at cost of about $298,000t in order to improve the level of care given to animals and the efficiency of the medical team. Sheltering standards and the care given to each animal has changed since the shelter was built 20 years ago. Currently there is only one surgical table, one prep table and no designated area to do medical exams or necropsies for cruelty and neglect cases in the triage area.

“With two surgery tables like what’s going to be in our remodel that would expedite the process and we would be able to get through those surgeries much quicker, which will open up time for our veterinarian to get through more medical exams, administering more rabies vaccines and more time to conduct cruelty and neglect case exams,” Operations Manager Laura Rowe said in a statement. The second part of the plan calls for a private space to perform forensic exams and necropsies (animal autopsies). Cruelty and neglect cases are a vital service Animal Care & Control provides for citizens of Fort Wayne.

The project will be introduced to City Council Tuesday. Animal Care & Control is prepared to fund up to half of the cost through a capital campaign.

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