Austin Pets Alive waits for repair estimates


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on October 30, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 31 at 7:58 AM

AUSTIN -- Employees and volunteers at Austin Pets Alive! are anxiously waiting on an estimate for what it could cost to get the Town Lake Animal Center up to state standards.

Last week a veterinarian with the Texas Health Department showed up at the TLAC for a surprise inspection and took issue with what she said were cracks in the concrete kennels allowing germs to flourish.

The state put the TLAC on probation for a year.

Last week a concrete company came out to survey the property which is technically owned by the city of Austin. However, APA is a year into a three-year contract signed with the city to use the nearly 60-year old space.

“We believe to this date that what we did was enough to keep them up and running and have the kennels at standard, at state standard levels for the animals to live in,” said Faith Wright with APA.

The APA contract with the city states that the non-profit assumes all costs for repairs and renovations but not without city approval first.

The contract with the city also includes $12,000 a month from Austin to cover the costs of 60 overflow kennels from the new Austin Animal Center plus utilities but the funding from the city ends November 30th.

APA said it has no idea what it will cost to bring the facility up to the state’s standards in year but at this present rate it could have to shut down before then, not only jeopardizing the city’s "no kill" status but also impacting public safety negatively.

Last week, when KVUE broke the story about the state’s surprise inspection, a local concrete company owner was watching and offered to make repairs at cost. He surveyed the TLAC on Thursday to get an estimate.