Animal advocates and DeKalb County officials broke ground Wednesday on an animal shelter that will be built near DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. Photo by Shiera Campbell / DeKalb County

Ground broken on DeKalb animal shelter

Construction of a new DeKalb animal shelter began Wednesday after years of efforts to replace the county’s aging and inadequate facility.

Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May and county commissioners broke ground on the 33,440-square-foot building near DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. Construction is scheduled to be completed within a year.

The animal shelter, which will cost $8.6 million to build, will have 12 adoption rooms for dogs and three adoption rooms for cats.

It also includes a clinic with spay and neuter services, surgery rooms and a lab.

DeKalb’s existing animal shelter off Memorial Drive had serious health hazards, including bug infestations and mold, according to a 2011 report from a citizen task force.

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