City Councilman Charles Manne, Mayor Pro Tem Michael Maciel, Mayor Brent Ives, Councilman Robert Rickman and Councilwoman Nancy Young turned the dirt at the groundbreaking for the new Tracy Animal Shelter on Tuesday afternoon. The 5,638 square-foot shelter building at 2375 Paradise Road will house 32 dog kennels and two-sided cat cages. It will also have a 2,500-square-foot dog exercise yard and will use natural light to illuminate the cages and kennels to reduce energy use. The new shelter, which will replace the facility on Arbor Road, is expected to be completed by December. The total cost for the initial phase is $5,195,460. During the ceremony, the mayor accepted a $10,000 donation from Tracy resident Zena Robbins on behalf of her mother, Arleen Robbins, a local animal advocate.