New Lucas County dog ​​shelter plans announced

The state-of-the-art structure will be built at 13th and Monroe streets. Plans were underway for a new $10 million facility before the pandemic took hold in 2020.

TOLEDO, Ohio — A state-of-the-art facility is available to Lucas County, with commissioners announcing plans for a new Lucas County Canine Care and Control building by 2023.

Lucas County Commissioners Tina Skeldon Wozniak, Pete Gerken and Gary L. Byers were joined Wednesday by Kelly Sears, director of Lucas County Canine Care & Control, to announce plans for a new building to be constructed at 1301 Monroe St. , where the Start Vote Center currently is. The Early Voting Center is moving to the new Shared Services building, which was announced on Tuesday.

Skeldon Wozniak said it would cost as much to redo the current building at 410 St. Erie St. as to build a new one.

“A building like this has to be state of the art…to really serve our animal population,” Skeldon Wozniak said.

Some of the features of the building she noted are:

  • 33,600 square feet of space
  • Accommodation for 140 dogs
  • Ability to separate animals as needed for care
  • Entrance suitable for people to adopt
  • The adoption area will be much more updated and a comfortable and welcoming place for people to come and meet their lifelong friend.
  • Each room must have access to outdoor games

The public will also be asked for their ideas on what they would like to see in the new LC4.

Skeldon Wozniak said a building will be demolished to make space in the spring when the final design is made, and then in two years – 2023 – the new LC4 will be in place.

There has been talk for several years of renovating or replacing the current building housing the LC4 dogs and operations. The building itself is over 50 years old and has had its share of problems, including a water main break in February which rendered the shelter unable to accept owner-abandoned dogs and left LC4 at the search for adoptive and adoptive families.

The water main break flooded the basement of LC4 but did not reach the animals. To repair the water main, crews had to dig the sidewalk and the parking lot.

Gerken acknowledged the conditions at the facility and is looking forward to giving the dogs and employees a much better place to live.

“We’ve known for over a decade, at least, that we had to see this project through,” Gerken said. “We’ve reduced euthanasia, increased the number of adopted dogs, and engaged the public more. Just think about what we can do with a new facility. We know what we’ve done with a bad facility, and we know it’s It’s a bad install. Imagine what we can do with a new one.”

Cradling yellow puppy Ernie, Byers joked that as commissioner his main job was to cuddle the puppies.

“It’s going to be a state-of-the-art facility…we’re looking forward to it. We’re all excited and I think it’ll be awesome,” he said, as Ernie gave him a covering lick the face. .

Sears, the director of LC4 who carried the facility through its structural difficulties, drew praise from commissioners, who noted that during the COVID-19 pandemic, people were coming into contact with dogs more than ever.

“I’m so happy for the dogs and the people of Lucas County because they’re getting the dog care facility they deserve,” Sears said.

In February 2020, commissioners approved advertising for contractors working on a new LC4 facility. At this time, the stewards said a new building was desperately needed to meet the needs of animals and staff.

Wozniak then said the project would cost around $10 million. The current building can sometimes hold up to 150 dogs and lack of space is one of the biggest problems.

Officials say the current building was probably not built to house rescue dogs. Wozniak said that in 2020 the new home would be built to accommodate all animal and staff needs, from medical care spaces to kennels and dog activity spaces.

“We need the proper environment for these dogs to be cared for, and the workforce that works very, very hard to do a good job at this facility,” Wozniak said in 2020.