$3 million animal shelter approved

$3 million animal shelter approved

PAMPA, Texas- The proposal to build a new animal shelter was one of the biggest controversial issues on the ballot this election.

The final vote:

For: 851

Against: 343

It's been a long few months for shelter volunteers and animal control. They've been busy trying to persuade residents to vote for a new shelter.

On May 12, their dreams came true.

"I've been involved for more than 25 years here," shelter director Monty Montgomery said. "We've known we needed a shelter for a while and now we can see the light at the end of the tunnel."

For years, the shelter says they've been dealing with an overcrowding problem which was said to have brought on the adenovirus that plagued the center in February.

Faustina Curry with the Pampa Animal Welfare Society tells NewsChannel10 the shelter had been dealing with other problems including poor sanitary conditions and bad heating and air conditioning.

"This is an outdated facility that we currently have," Mayor Brand Pingel said. "Having something new for the city of Pampa is a great victory."

The shelter will be built with bonds the city has maturing with no tax hike for residents.

The new shelter features a total of 50 runs, two adoption rooms and a dog park.

"We can't thank the people of Pampa enough who got out and voted," Curry said.

The city hopes to break ground on the facility either late summer or early fall.

It's expected to be complete by the end of 2013.