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Animal Foundation asks commission for $13.2 million for renovations

Reported by: Fatima Rahmatullah
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Updated: 7/01 11:45 pm

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Representatives with the Animal Foundation went before Clark County Commissioners Tuesday to ask for $13.2 million to fund renovations.

Commissioners did not vote on the item, and are asking lots of questions about the proposed renovations after Executive Director of the Animal Foundation Christine Robinson asked for money.

"It's approximately $13.2 million dollars for the renovation for the Lied Animal Shelter building," Robinson told the commission.

Critics say $13 million is too much money for changes at a facility that is not very old.

"[We need] Air conditioning units, the roof, kennels in each room, a flooring that prevents the spread of disease across the shelter," Robinson told the commission.

"You have to ask yourself is this the right plan," said Bryce Henderson with No Kill Las Vegas.

A 2007 Humane Society report listed a number of things the Animal Foundation could do better; the report did not include renovations.

"The truth, is the Animal Foundation paid for and built this facility with their own money and they didn't do a very good job," Henderson said. "If they had, we wouldn't be talking about renovations right now. This was just back in 2001."

The plan does not mean there will be an increase in adoptions or fewer animal euthanizations.

“I would rather see them put their money toward things that are actually going to reduce the euthanasia rate reduce their kill rate to save more animals,” Henderson said.

County commissioners will revisit this item at the next meeting. Meanwhile, the county's contract with the Animal Foundation is set to expire in June 2015.

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