The Town of Lovell recently installed a new heating system at the Lovell Animal Shelter to help stray animals feel comfortable while they wait to be adopted into new homes.
The animal shelter has been in operation for 10 or 12 years, Chief of Police Nick Lewis said about the facility.
Animal Control Officer Phil Angell said, “We can handle nine dogs and 16 cats. I’m there every morning and evening to make sure everything is working properly.” He mentioned there were a lot of problems with the former heating system that made a new heating system important to have in order to make the shelter function properly.
The animal shelter is “just too cold in the wintertime and there were issues with the heating system,” said Angell, adding that the “heat pump was not efficient for heating” and noting that the town had a lot of electrical problems and maintenance issues with the previous heating system, including “lots of valves have been stuck closed and have broken off.”
With the old heating system not working properly and becoming a problem, it was time to get a new one. So Angell and the town found a way to get a new one for the animal shelter.
The new gas (currently propane) heating system was installed by Mountain West Heating of Powell at a cost of $5,158 for the heater and the installation,” Lovell Clerk/Treasurer Valerie Beal said. The system was completed and installed in late November,” Lovell Assistant Treasurer Ed Allred added.
“We have heat all the time,” Angell said after the installation of the new system. “It’s been more comfortable and nicer for the animals when they want to lie down.”
With the new heating system in operation at the animal shelter, the animals that are waiting to be adopted to a good home can stay warm during these cold winter days in Lovell.
By Sam Smith