New Animal Shelter in Big Pine Ribbon Cutting
By Charles James
No likes to be in the doghouse, but if you had to be in one–especially if you ARE a dog– then you might prefer it to be at the new Inyo County Animal Shelter in Big Pine.
An estimated crowd of 80 or more county residents and local officials attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the $800,000 building held on Friday, Nov. 14. The successful fundraising effort was led by ICARE of the Eastern Sierra with the help of the community, the County, and many local civic and service groups.
The construction work is being completed by Rudolph Construction of Bishop. And while it is only the outer shell that is complete at this point, work is expected to go quickly on the inside. According to Inyo County Public Works Director Clint Quilter, the County expects that the shelter will be ready for its grand opening by the end of December or early in January of 2015.
The new facility has 22 dog kennels and cat room with 24 cages. There is also office space for staff, a reception area, and stations for cleaning and care of the animals.
Inyo County Supervisor Rick Pucci told the crowd, “What is remarkable about the new animal shelter was its successful partnership of the public and private sector.”