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Perry city council discusses dollars for new animal shelter

Perry animal shelter workers say there is a dire need for a new building.

After a work session on Monday night, they might be a step closer.

City leaders now have a better idea of how much that might cost, which they say will direct how they move forward.

"It's just not conducive to adoption, and it's hard to get volunteers in an environment like that," says Davis Cosey.

He is the founder of Friends of the Perry Animal Shelter and member of a task force Mayor Jimmy Faircloth assembled last year.

"It's been over a year of meetings to come up with something we could put on paper and present to council," Cosey says, and that is finally what they did.

"Animal rescue, animal control, veterinary care, and construction. All those elements were on the task group," he explains.

Together, they determined that the only option was to start from scratch.

They say the project will cost about $650,000.

"As far as functionality, it's got the very basics," says Cosey.

Those basics include enough space for 50 animals, separate air conditioning units to prevent the spread of disease, and easy-to clean kennels.

The members also say they want it in a site with increased visibility, as many people do not even know where it is.

Other requirements were a loading station to bring animals in and out, and quarantine room for animals they suspect could have a problem, and a storage space for food and medicine.

Right now, they expect the 5900 square foot plan to need about three acres of property.

At the current location, employees say rust, a faulty drainage system, and year-round outdoor kennels are health concerns for the animals.

In addition, the place is infested with unwelcome creatures, like snakes and rats.

"I am committed to it. Council is committed to it," says Faircloth.

He acknowledges the shelter is a necessary service, but it boils down to dollars.

"We will look at this project, as well as other that are capital intensive and make a determination as to priority," he says.

Council says this was an important step in deciding the future for their furry friends.

Tomorrow night, Perry is presenting its budget for the next fiscal year.

Mayor Faircloth expects to have a plan on when they can start construction on the shelter by the end of summer

If you would like to make a donation to the Perry Animal Shelter fund, click here.

You can also mail donations to:

The City of Perry

P.O. box 2030

Perry, GA 31069

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