Saturday, June 28, 2008

Hot Dogs Beg for Relief at Animal Shelter Opening

Two- and four-legged species celebrated the opening of San Pedro’s glistening new animal shelter on June 21, but the dogs learned the hard way that their new digs aren’t so cool.

The facility was built on the assumption that cooling misters were unnecessary in San Pedro’s mild coastal climate. The weather proved otherwise on grand-opening day, when a heat wave brought temperatures over 100 degrees.

As officials scramble to fast-track installation of misters, the dogs, cats and would-be adoptive families are getting acquainted with the new, larger shelter.

Councilwoman Janice Hahn and Animal Services officials break a ceremonial bottle at the shelter gate.

Staff and visitors are greeted by a work of art in the office lobby, designed by artist Nancy Webber and described in the Daily Breeze story, “SP art work truly a pet project.”

The Daily Breeze report on opening day contains additional information, including a link to South Bay Pets, a blog co-authored by long-time San Pedro reporter Donna Littlejohn.

Find the shelter’s hours and other basic information on its website.

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