Brand new RISPCA building coming in 2022
The new building will be almost 3 times the size of the current shelter.
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – In about one year, Rhode Island SPCA says it will be opening a new state-of-the-art building in Warwick, in addition to its already existing facility.
This announcement comes just days after the shelter had to shut its doors
after several dogs tested positive for an intestinal infection called Giardia on Thursday, that had just come here from Georgia. As a result, 34 dogs have been placed in quarantine and adoptions have been halted for the time being.
Wayne Kezirian, the President of RISPCA says in some ways this infection outbreak is an indication that the current facility is not up to date; for example poor ventilation and smaller in size- which makes illnesses, like Giardia, more easily transmissible.
“If you look at our kennels, they’re clean and well maintained but they don’t have the type of ventilation and quarantine segregation that we need,” Kezirian says.
Kezirian adds the new facility will have 64 kennels compared to 34, totaling a nearly 4,000 square foot building. The current facility in East Providence is about 1,500 square feet.
As for the existing building, it will be remade into a quarantine facility.
“This is going to be a big move forward for animal health and safety here in Rhode Island,” Kezirian adds.
This is a developing story, check back for more details.