Weather delays have caused the renovation of the Havelock Animal Shelter to shut down an additional two weeks.
"We are totally shut down," said Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus, whose department oversees operation of the shelter. "We’re not housing or maintaining any animals at the facility. We are transporting everything to the Craven County shelter."
A drier weather pattern this week has helped with the project, which started around the first of the month.
"Now that the weather has turned a little bit better, we’re hoping the construction crews will be able to complete the work," Cyrus said.
Having the facility closed has resulted in extra trips for the city’s animal control officer.
"We had plans for this and had measures in place to help counter that portion of it," Cyrus said. "It’s business as usual for us with the exception of not being able to house at the shelter. Our animal control officer will still respond to calls regarding animal complaints."
The $67,590 renovation will expand the existing facilities by 200 square feet. The renovated facility will have three extra dog runs, a stand-alone cat room, a euthanasia room, and expanded wash area and a restroom facility.
"It will be about double the size of the facility," Cyrus said.
Contractor Bornman Construction out of Newport, is handling the renovation.