WINFIELD, W.Va. -- The completion date of the new Putnam County Animal Shelter has been pushed back to the end of August, and animals are likely to be moved into the facility in mid-September.County Manager Brian Donat said the original completion date of Aug. 15 was "optimistic," and that the project was still on track with the county's expectations for the facility.The county's new animal shelter, to be located on W.Va. 62 near the Winfield Bridge, will be able to house 55 dogs and 35 cats, compared to 35 dogs and 17 cats at the current shelter.Each canine kennel will have a separate air circulation system to prevent the spread of communicable diseases like kennel cough and distemper, and each kennel will be separated by concrete walls, preventing dogs from coming into contact with each other.The new facility also will include an office where veterinarians can spay and neuter animals. Currently, the shelter contracts with a veterinary clinic in Barboursville and transports animals there.
Silling Associates Inc., an architectural and planning firm in Charleston, designed the new shelter. The land the shelter sits on was donated by the state, and the Putnam County Commission approved a $2.3 million construction plan for the facility in February 2012.The county's current shelter, behind Winfield Middle School, was built in 1986 and was intended to be a temporary facility. Jon Davis, the county's chief humane officer, said last month that the current facility just can't keep up with Putnam County's growing population.Davis hopes that the extra space will mean fewer animals are killed at the Putnam shelter."We don't have a set time like a lot of shelters; as long as the animal is healthy and isn't aggressive, we try to make every effort to find it a home," he said last month.