Groundbreaking set for Oakland animal shelter

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Taking the lead from Mordus, a K-9 unit dog from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, county officials are expected to break ground Thursday on an Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center project.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, other county officials and animal shelter representatives will join Mordus, who “will actually do the digging,” at 11 a.m. on the Oakland County campus, 1200 N. Telegraph.

The 35,400-square-foot building is expected to be completed within 14 months, said Mark Newman, director of Public Services for Oakland County. It replaces a 40-year-old building at 1700 Brown Road in Auburn Hills.

“It’s a much more central location for the residents of the county,” Newman said.

The capacity for housing animals will remain the same — 150 dogs, 140 cats — but there will be separate areas for the animals. There will also be separate reception areas for those reporting lost pets and those looking to adopt, Newman said.

“We’re very excited,” he said. “We thought if this was possible to build it, it would be a good thing for the residents. With the economic uptick, we decided if we could do it, we would.”

The project will be paid for with a $15.45 million bond issue.

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