The county's homeless pets are getting new digs.
Come 10 a.m. Friday, Broward County will break ground on a $16.5 million animal shelter at 2400 SW 42 St.
Two shelter dogs with a talent for digging will be on hand to help get things started, said Lisa Mendheim, spokeswoman for Broward County Animal Care and Adoption.
The shelter is expected to open by April 2016.
"It's been a long time coming," Mendheim said. "It's going to be great for the community and, even more importantly, great for the pets in our community. So we're all fired up."
Completely air-conditioned, the one-story center can accommodate up to 400 dogs and cats and eliminate the need to house dogs in open-air runs that can turn squalid in summer and chilly in winter.
The current shelter, on the grounds of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport at 1870 SW 39 St., will likely be torn down, Mendheim said.
"It used to be an Army barracks back in the day, circa WWII," she said. "Then in the 1950s it was reconfigured to be an animal shelter. It's had a long history here."
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