- Associated Press - Saturday, October 14, 2017

GAUTIER, Miss. (AP) - One Mississippi county is expanding its animal shelter to make it safer.

The Sun Herald reports that coastal Jackson County is spending $1.3 million this budget year for the first phase of the expansion.

The new kennels will no longer have exposed open trenches that can spread disease and contamination when they are washed out. Director Joe Barlow says exposed trenches are a health hazard. The new kennels will have an enclosed track with a flusher that takes waste from the cages.

The expanded shelter will have a new veterinarian space with an extra surgical table so the county can offer discount spay and neuter events. It will also have two air-cooled horse stalls and an exchange to bring a constant flow of fresh air into the buildings.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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