Opening of a new animal center at Berkeley Co.

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) – Berkeley County is opening its new Animal Center in Moncks Corner.

The new center is located at 131 Central Berkeley Drive in Moncks Corner and officials say it is county property.

Berkeley County says they previously operated the animal shelter out of a rented building.

The new shelter is just over 11,000 square feet. It has admission kennels, adoption kennels, and grass play areas.

Records show the project cost nearly $1.8 million and was funded by both the 2016 general obligation and fundraising efforts.

The new shelter is just over 11,000 square feet. It has admission kennels, adoption kennels, and grass play areas.(Berkeley County Animal Center)

Berkeley County spokeswoman Hannah Moldenhauer said an expansion will allow the animal center to house about 200 animals indoors, as well as horses, pigs and goats outdoors.

There will also be pasture for horses and a fenced pen for pigs and goats.

Berkeley County Animal Center Director Heather McDowell said the new facility will help them provide neutering and neutering services, which she says is a growing problem in the county and state.

“The Animal Center will make us better equipped to help animals and connect them to loving homes,” McDowell added in a statement. “The installation was completed on a tight schedule, in time for a busy summer.”

The public is invited to the 4 p.m. grand opening on Monday, where puppies and other animals will be available for adoption.

Parking for the event will be available at the Berkeley Baptist Church. Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputies will also provide shuttle services from the church to the site.

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Benjamin M. Yerger