The county has not decided yet what to do with the east shelter building.

Maricopa County has announced it is planning to consolidate all animal shelter services into a renovated and expanded central location in Phoenix.

The shelter at Loop 101 and Rio Salado, known to many as the east shelter, will close.

“There is no room for expansion at the shelter in Mesa, and the building doesn’t function well,” Deputy County Manager Reid Spaulding said. “The mission is to find permanent homes for more animals. That takes a facility with the capacity and layout to meet the demands we are seeing today and expect in the future.”

The Board of Supervisors recently approved a $1.8 million expansion of the Phoenix shelter, at 27th Avenue and Durango.

The county has not decided yet what to do with the east shelter building.

Information: maricopa.gov/ShelterPlans.

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