Big Lake animal shelter shuts down

Posted: Wednesday, April 05, 2000

PALMER (AP) -- The Mat-Su Humane Society, a private, nonprofit animal shelter in Big Lake, has shut down.

The center, which is not affiliated with the Humane Society of the U.S., closed this weekend, according to Mat-Su Borough animal control officials who took the shelter's nearly four dozen dogs and cats.

The decision was a financial one, according to Mat-Su Animal Control director Anthony Gonzales, who talked to center officials.

The shelter had struggled to make ends meet in recent years and animal control officials had been pushing for renovations to improve care for the animals, Gonzales said.

Problems included poor ventilation and a searing ammonia smell from urine that had soaked into the concrete floors, he said.

''Basically you'd have to look at a complete makeover'' to fix the problems, he said.

Shelter officials could not be reached for comment.

The Alaska Humane Society, a no-kill cat shelter, agreed to take the nearly two dozen cats that had been housed at the shelter, Gonzales said. Three puppies have been adopted. The remaining dogs, which range from cocker spaniels to pit bulls, will be put up for adoption, he said.

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