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Groundbreaking at Pima Animal Care Center, starting Phase 1 of construction

Posted at 4:32 PM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-05 13:30:42-04

Pima Animal Care Center brought out the hard hats to celebrate its groundbreaking.

Community leaders and volunteers participated in the ceremony to announce the start of construction for PACC's new facility. 



The $22 million project will be constructed in two phases and be twice the size of the current center.

"The current facility is almost 50 years old and just think about that... that's 350 years in dog years and for me it was about time it was replaced," said Ray Carroll, a Pima County Board of Supervisor. 

The new facility will have a fully-loaded veterinary clinic including a new surgical center, improved pet housing, outdoor play yards, and spaces for meet and greets. 

The project's architect made it a point to make sure the new buildings will be clearly identified for a pet's specific needs.

In part of the land, archeologists discovered artifacts from the Hohokam village from 500 A.D.. However, the Pima County Board of Supervisors said the findings will not delay the construction.

The new center will be able to house nearly 700 animals comfortably -- almost doubling the amount it can take in now.
The entire project is set to be constructed in two phases and completed by mid-2018.