By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
An overpopulated, breeding ground for disease with 30-year-old cages stacked one on top of another---
---this was the portrait painted of the current Animal Control Facility at Thursday night’s SPLOST Advisory Committee meeting. Before a room packed full with supporters, Director Jason Broome explained the many shortcomings the shelter faces and demonstrated the need for a new facility funded through upcoming SPLOST dollars.
With an average of eight dogs coming in each day, overpopulation is just one of the many problems the current shelter faces, says Noah Simon, Floyd County Manager.
“It’s an old facility; it’s out-dated; and, it lacks adequate space for the volume of animals that we currently have. It’s not conducive for housing that number of animals because the conditions contribute to the spread of illnesses and disease,” Simon says. “It’s not an attractive place where people want to go. We’re proposing the new shelter as part of the SPLOST project to create a facility that is not only warm and welcoming for the animals that are there but, also to encourage and foster adoptions.”
The proposed $5.9 million project would see a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient facility built in the likeness of modern shelters, like the Atlanta Humane Society’s Alpharetta campus. Officials have identified six sites within Floyd County that could possibly house such a facility.