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.
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.