GRIFFITH |The new animal shelter should be open for business in about six months, town officials have been told.
The old shelter, at Reder Road and Colfax Avenue, consisted of two old buildings that were retrofitted to separately house dogs and cats.
They were recently torn down to make way for a new Enbridge pipeline, Police Chief Greg Mance said.
The new building will be in the same general area as the old one.
To offer compensation, Enbridge has pledged $100,000 toward the new shelter, which will have a total cost of about $150,000, Mance said.
SEH of Hammond is designing the new shelter, which will house all the animals under one roof, Mance said.
"We're hoping by the end of the month" to have the plans complete, he added.
The new facility will hold about 10 dogs and 20 cats and can be more efficiently cleaned by the animal warden.
In the meantime, an old canine training center in the 100 block of Wood Street is serving as a suitable temporary shelter, Mance said.
He added that private and business donations will be sought to help fund the shelter.