Onslow Animal Services gets additional funding

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WITN) Our furry friends in one county are preparing for some much needed upgrades to their facility, following an increase in animal services funding.

The Onslow County Board of Commissioners voted this week to add more than $750,000 to the expansion funds for animal services.

This is in addition to the original $3.5 million plan, which was approved last November.

The funds will pay for a new building, which will be behind their current shelter. It will also pay for new HVAC systems, as the current ones are being pushed to their limits to maintain state-regulated air temperatures.

Howard Martin, Animal Services Director says, "With the construction of the expansion and then the renovation, we're creating a system of five different rooms of kennels, instead of having one large room of kennels, which creates contamination."

Carol Mathews, who has adopted from animal services, says, "They need it. There's a lot of stray dogs that need to have a home, and if they don't have the facility for it, I think this is a good idea they'll have more room for them"

The animal services director says this is a relatively large expansion for them, and construction on the 67,000 square foot building is expected to start by the end of the year.