The City of El Cajon marked the beginning of the construction of a new animal shelter.
Mayor Bill Wells said the current, 50-year-old animal shelter needs to be upgraded.
“It’s just not very inviting for the dogs and cats,” he said. “It doesn’t seem to be up to the standards we want today.”
The groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday at the spot where the new facility will be built on North Marshall Avenue.
The new shelter will be twice the size of the current one with veterinary offices, grooming and play areas as well as pet adoption services.
The $9 million project was funded by a half-cent sales tax approved by voters to help fund public safety facilities.
The shelter is expected to open by fall of 2018.