Some of the region’s most cruelly-treated hounds will get to enjoy luxury at the new kennels, kitted out with underfloor heating, an indoor and outdoor area for each dog and Perspex panels so they can see their neighbours.
After 10 years of planning, work started in August last year to create the shelter, which opens this week and boasts 36 kennels, which will be used for animals involved in cruelty cases rescued from their former homes by the RSPCA.
Maggie Eden, manager of the RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre, said: “While it’s a great shame that such a place is needed in this day and age, and despite the current economic climate, the RSPCA has remained committed to ensuring it becomes a reality.”
Unlike most animal centres, members of the public won’t be allowed to wander around the kennels looking at the dogs.
Maggie added: “All of the dogs at our kennels have come into us from inspectors or animal welfare officers and have had difficult backgrounds.“These dogs are among the most needy in the North East.
“In many cases they have experienced extreme cruelty and aren’t themselves in kennels.
As part of the £2m kennels opening, the RSPCA has taken on four new staff members.