After nearly 15 years of operating at the city's municipal shelter in the Downing Industrial Park in Pittsfield, the Friends of Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter has moved into a smaller, temporary home.

The Berkshire Eagle reports as their contract with the city came to a close yesterday, Sonsini staff and volunteers spent the afternoon relocating its animals to their new home at 857 Crane Ave.

The nonprofit Friends of Eleanor Sonsini was forced to vacate the shelter after the city terminated its contract with the nonprofit organization.

That contract expired March 30th, but was extended for a month, and then by an additional week.

The city has declined to say why it ended the contract. The city will now take over the maintenance of the municipal shelter at the industrial park space Sonsini vacated, 63 Downing Four.