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Board backs old jail site for new animal shelter
by Bill Baldowski
November 26, 2013 01:59 PM | 1848 views | 2 2 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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From left, Julianne Hudson of the Douglas County Animal Control Advisory Board, speaks to board members regarding her choice for the location of the new animal shelter, as animal control director Bill Peacock listens.
Staff / Bill Baldowski From left, Julianne Hudson of the Douglas County Animal Control Advisory Board, speaks to board members regarding her choice for the location of the new animal shelter, as animal control director Bill Peacock listens.
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Douglas County Animal Control Advisory Board Chairwoman Pat Fulghum addresses the board on the issue of the location of the new animal shelter at last week's meeting. Board members said they favored the old county jail site in downtown Douglasville.
Staff / Bill Baldowski Douglas County Animal Control Advisory Board Chairwoman Pat Fulghum addresses the board on the issue of the location of the new animal shelter at last week's meeting. Board members said they favored the old county jail site in downtown Douglasville.
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Members of the Douglas County Animal Control Advisory Board are now united in preferring the old county jail as the site for a new animal shelter.

However, they must await approval of the Douglas County Animal Control Department’s 2014 budget, which was scheduled to be presented to the Douglas County Commission last Monday by county administrator Eric Linton.

The Animal Control Department’s budget will be among the budget requests from all other county departments presented to the commission.

At the advisory board’s meeting last Wednesday, a recommendation was approved that directed board chairwoman Pat Fulghum to compose a letter to Linton to accompany the animal control budget request.

“The letter would state that the Animal Control Advisory Board was unified in its selection of the property at the site of the old jail on Club Drive as the preferred site of the new shelter,” said Douglas County animal control director Bill Peacock. “The board had a strong dislike for placing the shelter back at the [current] landfill site.”

Peacock said the Douglas County Animal Control budget would include the cost of construction of a new shelter, which would be between $2.75 million and $3 million.

“This would represent the entire cost for all work needed for construction,” he said.

Peacock said he believes the commissioners would be receptive to the idea of having the shelter at the old jail site near downtown Douglasville due to it being more centrally located in Douglas County.

Fulghum said the advisory board’s recommendation of the old jail property represented board members “coming together in a unified voice.”

“Our commissioners have been very good in providing more money for the animal shelter and its operation, especially in approving the funding for four additional, badly-needed positions at the shelter,” she said.

“I believe that with the commission receiving our letter regarding the new shelter site and seeing we are unified in the site selection that they will support it,” Fulghum said.

In a community town hall meeting last week, Douglas County Commissioner Mike Mulcare said one of the main issues his constituents wanted him to address was the site of the animal shelter.

“Although I believe each of the three site possibilities has advantages, I would support the old jail site as the property for the new animal shelter,” Mulcare said.

Other suggested sites have included the current shelter site in northwest Douglas County and near the new county jail off Fairburn Road and I-20.

Fulghum said the need is greater now for a new animal shelter than ever before.

According to Peacock, the old shelter was built in the 1980s.

“We have simply grown out of it,” Fulghum said.

“Just about every county around Douglas has a new animal shelter and we need a shelter that is state of the art but our shelter is pretty well antiquated,” she said.

Animal Control Department employees have embarked on a program this holiday season to have more of the animals either be adopted outright or have residents support the shelter by providing necessities for the animals.
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a deeredawg
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November 29, 2013
There's no doubt the county needs a new shelter. From one of the drawings I saw at the county budget meeting on Monday Nov. 25 2013 it's looking like another "Taj mahal" In these tight budget times I think you could have a nice new building with the amenities you need with out spending $3 million on the building. The land is already owned by the county where they want to put it (old jail) so most of all the money goes into site prep and the building. I also wonder what the local residents will think about the odor & noise from the new shelter in their neighborhood in town? That seems extreme to me, my dog & cat.
spg4y
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December 04, 2013
Animal Shelters are highly specialized buildings. The floors, the walls, the air quality control to prevent disease spread... there are more issues to building a building that will sustain the test of time AND the effects of animals and the stresses they can put on a building. Until you look at the actual number of animals the facility takes in each year, there is no way to determine the cost or the size for the new facility. It seems the process is still at the very beginning as the board is trying to determine a suitable location. A properly designed building will also cut down dramatically on odor and noise... if designed correctly.
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