Dogs in Maricopa County jail shelter receive A/C for dog park

PHOENIX, AZ - Dogs housed in the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shelter will now be able to play outside thanks to a donated cooling system.

The old First Avenue Jail in Downtown Phoenix was converted into an animal shelter where pets whose owners are facing animal abuse or neglect charges are cared for by MCSO Animal Safe Haven staff and prisoners. The top floor of the jail is an open-air dog park, but during the summer the heat meant the dogs were not allowed to play or exercise under the scorching sun. 

That was until Goettl Company donated a five ton evaporative cooler to be installed in the MASH dog park. It's powerful enough to cool the air in the area where dogs can safely play outside, even during the summer. 

The building's old structure made it difficult for the cooling unit to be transported through the halls, so officials opted for a crane to hoist the unit to the top floor. 

"We certainly appreciate the donation though it wasn't easy getting this unit up here," Sheriff Arpaio said. "But we do whatever we can to make life a little better for these dogs that were at one time treated so badly by their owners." 

According to MCSO officials, the unit will be powered on for the first time Wednesday afternoon on what could be the hottest day of the year so far. Dogs and puppies will be allowed to play outdoors for the first time in several weeks, officials said. 

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