(AP) - A $1 million veterinary center has opened on the campus of an animal refuge in Northern California.
The Sacramento Bee reports that the Performing Animal Welfare Society was able to build the new Pat Derby Animal Wellness Center thanks to an anonymous donation.
Veterinarian Jackie Gai says animals at the ARK 2000 sanctuary in Calaveras County used to undergo X-rays, surgical procedures and other treatment in the field or 80 miles away at the University of California, Davis. Gai says she will now be able to perform all but the most complicated procedures in the new clinic's treatment room.
The 2,300-acre ARK 2000 refuge houses elephants, big cats, bears and other animals with health problems from being chained in backyards, caged in roadside zoos or otherwise poorly treated.