SAN ANGELO, Texas — UPDATE (9:36 a.m. Sept. 2): The City of San Angelo's Animal Shelter has been treated with pesticide after it was temporarily closed because of a cockroach infestation.
The City said Animal Services staff deep-cleaned the facility in preparation for the roach treatment Thursday evening. The treated area of the building must be empty for 48 hours before anyone can go back in.
After those 48 hours have passed, staff will reclean the facility before officially moving back in.
One-hundred-twenty dogs are in isolated part of building with no evidence of roaches in area. Dogs safe to stay in area during treatment because it is sealed away from the treated areas. Sixty dogs are in temporary housing facilities and 62 dogs are in short-term fosters.
In an email release, the City said: "We would like to clarify information regarding a recent post on the City’s Facebook page concerning shelter capacity. This post was intended to give insight into the current capacity of the shelter and to thank the community for their help during this emergency. We apologize if the post was misconstrued as saying all the animals have been permanently relocated; this was not the intent of the post. The City is extremely appreciative of all of the people and organizations that have stepped up in this time of need to help with temporary fosters and relocations of animals."
The shelter will continue to be treated for pests moving forward to ensure the roach problem does not happen again
If you are interested in fostering animals or adopting shelter pets, visit cvpaws.org.
ORIGINAL STORY: The City of San Angelo said Friday its Animal Shelter, 3142 US Hwy 67 N., will be temporarily closing soon because of issue with cockroaches at the shelter.
Shelter staff have exhausted all efforts to treat the issue using pet-friendly products. During the closure, pesticides will be used to eliminate the issue which will require all animals and staff leave the shelter.
The City said it will update the public once dates have been finalized for the shelter's temporary closure.
Concho Valley PAWS is working with American Pets Alive! and the Best Friends Animal Society to find rescues to help receiving dogs for adoptive placement. They are also looking for people to be temporary foster options for shelter pets.
The shelter currently has 282 dogs and 88 cats. If you are interested in fostering, go to cvpaws.org/foster.
Animal Services staff will still be responding to calls for service at 325-657-4224.