FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is planning to remodel the medical and triage area of the shelter.
The $298,000 remodel is expected to help improve operations.
Currently, the shelter is offering more invasive medical procedures than 20 years ago when the building was built.
There is only one surgical table, one prep table and no designated area to do medical exams or necropsies for cruelty and neglect cases in the triage area.
"Over the last 35 years we have, along with other social service agencies, found a direct link between human and animal violence. What we're finding is that most cases of domestic violence or battery started with an animal," Director Amy-Jo Sites said. "We don't have an appropriate space to determine what happened to an animal and without being able to identify what happened to an animal we can't take those abusers to court and that circle of violence continues."
City council will likely be discuss the renovations during the Tuesday, October 16 meeting
The Animal Care Commission, Animal Care & Control is preparing to fund up to half of the costs for project through a capital campaign.