Liberty Animal Shelter opens

The new Liberty Animal Shelter officially opened about four months ahead of schedule. Initially slated for Aug. 1, the animal control staff started moving in and settling into the new space Feb. 26.

LIBERTY — The new Liberty Animal Shelter received its license from the Missouri Department of Agriculture Monday, Feb. 24, and by Wednesday, Feb. 26, the city’s animal control staff were settling into the new space.

Mayor Lyndell Brenton told those in attendance for the Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon and his State of the City presentation the good news that the center is ahead of schedule by about four months. Initially, the plan was to open in August.

Brenton praised the city staff and the shelter task force for leadership as well as the contractor Centric Projects.

The $2.6 million facility is 7,297 square feet and located near the Liberty Utilities Operations Center off of Riverview Road. In April 2018, the community embraced an use tax and passed it with 70 percent. The use tax is providing the funds to build the animal shelter as well as parks developments in the city.

Among the many features are a three-door garage bay that will be heated for emergency overflow, an intake room off the garage with five cages to help protect the other animals and assess the health of those coming into the facility, a canine food and prep storage area, adoption indoor dog runs as well as outdoor dog runs, and feline and canine adoption wards.

A public open house and ribbon cutting will be scheduled for April.

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