LA SPCA continues to rebuild 9 years after Katrina

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says that by early next year, it will have a building as big as the one destroyed nine years ago by Hurricane Katrina.

The current 21,000-square-foot building opened in May 2007, nearly two years after Katrina. Louisiana SPCA spokeswoman Alicia Haefele says it can hold up to 350 animals, about 100 fewer than the old shelter.

She says Phase II will bring it back to 32,000 square feet. She says it will hold all adoptable animals, with up to 75 featured at once. Officials say it's expected to increase adoptions by 30 percent and other services by 40 to 50 percent.

Those services include a new low-cost veterinary clinic and expanded space to spay and neuter animals.

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