Pima County proposes tent city for dogs

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- County leaders are considering using a tent city to help ease crowding at the Pima Animal Care Center.

County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry is asking the Board of Supervisors to sign off on more than $400,000 to build the temporary structure. If approved, the funding would allow the center to hire more workers and to construct a 120-by-60-foot tent next to the current facility.

The board is expected to make a decision next week.

The tent would hold 100 new modular kennels. It's only a temporary measure as county officials look at building a new state-of-the-art facility next door to the current facility.

The center's general manager, Kim James, tells the Arizona Daily Star (http://bit.ly/16VNPe9) that crowding is the price the county is paying for euthanizing fewer animals.