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Muskogee animal shelter looking to expand

Posted at 10:23 PM, Feb 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-09 23:23:43-05

It’s the story you hear all across Oklahoma—local animal shelters overflowing with stray dogs and cats.

Muskogee is one of the communities trying to fix that problem.

The shelter announced plans to expand so it can handle twice as many dogs and cats that get brought in.

With help from an anonymous donor who pledged $250,000 officials are planning to expand its existing facility near Love-Hatbox Field.

Lieutenant Kevin Hammons and officials hope the city's foundation will help match that donation.

Hammons and the animal control officers want to make sure overcrowding is a thing of the past.

“So, unfortunately, we have to double animals up and of course, with the inclement weather we do have runs that are available outside because it is so cold at night right now we can’t leave any animals outside, they have to be inside,” said Hammons.

If and when the funding is approved, they hope to have construction started at the end of this year.

The city council is expected to make a final vote to get the project moving next week.