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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • City celebrates center opening

  • When Pat Kitchens became Leavenworth Police Department chief six years ago, there was clearly an area that needed improvement — the city's animal control facility.
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    • Leavenworth Animal Control Center:

      The new Leavenworth Animal Control Center is located at 2019 S. Third St., behind Price Chopper.


      The center will continue its re...

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      Leavenworth Animal Control Center:

      The new Leavenworth Animal Control Center is located at 2019 S. Third St., behind Price Chopper.



      The center will continue its regular hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, with special hours of 10 a.m.-4 p.m. the second Saturday of each month.



      Animals available for adoption can be viewed online www.petfinder.com/shelters/lv.html. For more information, call the Animal Control Center at (913) 682-0268.

  • When Pat Kitchens became Leavenworth Police Department chief six years ago, there was clearly an area that needed improvement — the city's animal control facility.
    "It was glaringly obvious to all of us," Kitchens said.
    He spoke Monday as city officials celebrated the opening of a new $2.5 million Leavenworth Animal Control Center. The Police Department operates the Animal Control Center.
    The new center is at located at 2019 S. Third St., behind the Leavenworth Price Chopper.
    Animal Control officials moved into the new facility last week. City officials had a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the building Monday and hosted an open house.
    Kitchens said having a well cared for animal population improves public safety in Leavenworth. And, with the opening of the new facility, the city takes a significant step forward in providing public safety.
    Leavenworth Mayor Mark Preisinger said the new facility is larger than the old building.
    "It is much, much better than what we had before," he said.
    Preisinger noted the old Animal Control building had flooded three times in the last 10-15 years, which forced the city to temporarily relocate animals.
    "The facility is long overdue to be replaced," he said.
    The new facility was built on city-owned land.
    Although it's not far from the old Animal Control building, the new location has not flooded in recent years.
    City officials said the site didn't even flood in 1993, the year of the worst flooding of the Missouri River in the city's history.
    The new 7,800-square-feet Animal Control building allows for a 10 percent increase in capacity.
    While leading a tour through the new building, Animal Control Supervisor Cindy Dressler discussed facility features.
    One of the features she noted was the design of a heating and air-conditioning system that prevents healthy animals from breathing the same air as animals that are in quarantine and isolation.
    Kitchens noted that landscaping has not been completed around the new building.
    "We had landscaping planned," he said.
    But, the company that was supposed to handle the landscaping went out of business.
    He said city officials now plan to wait until after the hottest months of summer before completing the landscaping.

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