A ground breaking ceremony is set for 1:30 p.m. today for Benton County's new animal control facility.
On Tuesday, workers began clearing the site that will be home to the 3,200-square-foot dog shelter.
The facility is being built at 1116 Grant Court, just off Canal Drive behind Meyers Auto Tech in Kennewick.
The 36-kennel facility, with a separate quarantine area and a sterile medical room, is expected to be completed by December and open by the first of the year.
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G2 Commercial Construction of Kennewick was awarded the contract to build the facility for $815,640.
Benton County Sheriff Larry Taylor, who is retiring at the end of the year, will run the county's new animal control service.