Kentucky Power donates land for new Boyd Co. animal shelter

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ASHLAND, Ky. (WTVQ) – Ground was broken on Friday for a new animal shelter in Boyd County.

The 2.15-acre lot was donated by Kentucky Power and will house the shelter.

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Kentucky Power says it is part of a larger parcel it previously purchased from the county for a new substation. The substation is included in the company’s long-term plans to upgrade its electrical system to serve the East Park Industrial Park, Braidy Industries and other customers in the area.

Earlier this year, the county requested that Kentucky Power and American Electric Power consider donating some of the purchased land closest to the main road back to the county for the shelter and the company agreed. The remaining land is expansive enough to accommodate the new substation. The company will retain ownership of the roadway to access and maintain the future substation and grant an easement to the county.

The new animal shelter will be a 5,300-square-foot, pre-engineered metal building and is much larger than the current block building. The new facility is expected to open in the spring, said Boyd County Judge Executive Steve Towler. The new shelter will include 52 regular kennels, 10 isolation kennels, two visitation and examination rooms, a cat and puppy area, a cat colony, 28 outside runs, and a large fenced area for dogs.