Sara Story, NBC 5 Denton County Reporter
The City of Lewisville moved cats and dogs into its new 15,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art animal shelter Friday.
It is moving weekend for Lewisville Animal Shelter.
The state-of-the-art facility that will replace the city's current shelter should alleviate some major overcrowding problems.
Beau Novack, animal services officer, has been counting down the days to the move. But the animals need the new shelter the most, he said.
"It's just an old design, because the dogs all face each other, which causes them to bark back and forth, and heaven forbid we get a sick dog in. He coughs and gets these three sick, which gets these nine sick," Novack said as he walked through the current kennel.
Laura Wise, the city's animal services supervisor, said the old shelter is busting at the seams.
"This building is about 30 to 35 year old," she said. "Back then, the city of Lewisville was nowhere near the size it is today. We've had more impounds and owner-released animals in the past two years than ever before, and we've had the least amount of adoptions during that time."
The first load of dogs made their journey to the new $4.5 million facility on Friday.
"The new building is almost 15,000 square feet," Wise said. "It has indoor cages, outdoor runs. This is desperately needed, which is why I'm so excited about it, and it couldn't have come a moment too soon."
The shelter opens on Monday. There will be a grand opening on June 30.