Upgrades in the works at Genesee County Animal Control

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FLINT (WJRT) - (07/25/16) - Millions of dollars worth of upgrades could be coming to Genesee County Animal Control. It's part of a plan to make it better for the animals and more appealing for adopters.

Right now, cats and dogs are in metal cages and the building is very dated. The new concept would open it up so they have a bigger space and more time outside.

Renderings of the plan were presented to the county board of commissioners Monday by Animal Control Director Paul Wallace.

Genesee County commissioners will have the final say of how much money will go toward the project. Wallace says they're asking for $2.5 million.

The big changes include news cages, a dog park for the public and a new heating and cooling system.

Wallace is hoping for a big chunk of cash from the county, but he's working to get donations from non-profits and businesses who want to sponsor.

If they can raise enough, the hope is to break ground next spring.

Since Wallace took over in January 2015, his team has been working to make Animal Control what's called a no kill shelter.

Ninety percent of the animals who come in are able to go up for adoption. Wallace says they never euthanize an animal because there isn't enough space or because they've been there too long.

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