In its Dec. 4 meeting, the council said that although it commends the work of the Douglas County Animal Control Advisory Board, including two members appointed by the council itself, the council is “firmly opposed to any consideration of the placement of animal control services, including the animal shelter, on any part of the grounds of the former Douglas County Jail and Sheriff’s office” in downtown Douglasville.
Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons said the council felt it would be inappropriate to place the new animal shelter adjacent to downtown Douglasville due to the city’s long-range master plan which identified the area of the former jail as a site for a multi-use development.
Animal Control Advisory Board Chairwoman Pat Fulghum attended the meeting and said that, although council members were united in their opposition to the old jail location, the meeting was better than she anticipated.
“The Douglasville City Council praised our board and they want to work with the Douglas County Commission to find a mutually agreeable site for the animal shelter,” Fulghum said. “The property belongs to the county and the county will have the final say, but I do not have any negative comments about the council meeting at all.”
Fulghum said it is the desire of the animal control board to find a place for the new shelter which is easily accessible and visible to the public.
“We want a site that is inviting so that when the public comes in, they will see the animals that are available and want to pick one up and take it home,” she said.