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Sioux City's new Animal Control Rescue and Adoption Center unveiled


SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -- After 13 months of construction and more than five years of planning, Sioux City unveiled its brand new Animal Control Center.

The facility will also be used as a rescue and adoption center for all sorts of animals.

The kitties and puppies probably didn't know it, but the ribbon was cut on what could be their future home. 

The new building is larger than the old one, making room for more animals and educational classes for animal owners. That's something that people are looking forward to.

Cindy Rarrat, Animal Control Director said, "I have no words to express how excited I am for the opening of this facility. Our multi-purpose room where we can have responsible pet ownership and what owner's responsibilities are. We'll be having training classes for education and obedience training for your dogs and things like that."

The new animal shelter has cages for 54 cats, 69 dogs, and after the completion of a brand new adoption room, they'll have room for 100 of each. In comparison, that almost doubles how many animals the current shelter can hold.

Captain Melvin Williams of the Sioux City Police Department said, "We want to do a lot of adoptions and rescue and try and get those animals back out and get them into loving homes. This facility facilitates that to a great extent."

Dogs and cats aren't the only animals the shelter is prepared for either. There's an outdoor area for large animals and holding rooms for any unexpected visitors that might come in.

"We don't just have puppies and kitties here. We often have horses, there's been wild game here. We've had bear in these facilities," said City Manager Paul Eckert.

The shelter isn't completely finished yet, but the hope is to have everything set up by July 1.

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