Animals to get shelter in Lee County - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Lee Co. animals to get shelter

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Man arrested for stealing tip jar

    Man arrested for stealing tip jar

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:34 AM EDT2014-04-23 14:34:32 GMT
    Timothy Banthongsack was arrested in the below case last night. From: Whitley-Banks, Phyllis Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 4:09 AM To: Whitley-Banks, Phyllis Subject:   22-14-008228  RobberyMore >>
    Timothy Banthongsack was arrested Tuesday evening for snatching the tip jar at Carrol's Meats on Philema Road.
    More >>
  • What you need to know before riding an ATV

    What you need to know before riding an ATV

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:50 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:50:06 GMT
    A safety warning following four ATV deaths in Georgia this week.      A man died in Liberty County when his 4 wheeler crashed into a tree.  A woman and her two young grandsons died in Walker County whenMore >>
    A safety warning was issued following four ATV deaths in Georgia this week.   Experts say you should not operate ATV's on public roads. You should wear proper gear such as gloves, goggles,  and most importantly a Department of Transportation helmet.More >>
  • Daycare providers face deadline

    Daycare providers face deadline

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:15:14 GMT
    The close of business today is the registration deadline for Bright from the Start. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) has posted application packages for new and returning providersMore >>
    The close of business today is the registration deadline for Bright from the Start. The purpose of the program is to prepare children for success in Kindergarten and later school years. Programs are offered at local public schools or through private providers of preschool services.More >>

By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It was an exciting day for animal lovers in Lee county. Tuesday officials broke ground on a brand new air-conditioned facility to house the animals.

For years they've lived outside in heat, rain, cold and other extreme weather conditions.

"Each year our animal population we deal with grows by about five percent and consequently several years ago we realized the need. We have established an adoption program that has been very successful we deal with anywhere between 1,400 to 1,600 animals per year," said William Clark, Animal Control Director.

But things are finally looking up for the animals dropped off in Lee County and animal control workers couldn't be happier.

"Where the animals are being housed now are outside holding pins, the cats are in a shed, when it rains, in the heat, in the winter time so its really been a long time coming," said Jackie Grigg, Animal Control Officer.

Animal Control officer Jackie Grigg has been working for Lee County Animal Control for nearly five years, and says donations have helped build this make-shift facility to get them by.

That's why staff is overjoyed to be breaking ground on the first animal control shelter in the county.

"This is a 3,200 square foot facility where we will be able to take care of most of our canine population that we deal with, it will allow us for an adoption area, a holding area with animals that may need to be quantified and also for our feline population there will be an area to accommodates them as well," said Clark.

And the building couldn't come at a better time.

"Here lately there have been a lot of animals left behind a lot of people turning in stray dogs that they found where people probably just threw them out because people couldn't feed them so we bring up to the shelter," said Grigg.

70,000 thousand dollars in private donations for the project plus SPLOST funding will help build phase one of the project. But animal control officials still need more help to make this project to become a reality.

The first phase of the project, includes the concrete pad, rough plumbing and outer shell which should take 3 to 4 months to complete. But it depends on when they can get enough donations to finish constructing the remainder of the building. This includes the electrical system, windows, septic tanks along with all the cages and equipment needed for the animals.

If you would like to donate, contact Lee County Animal Control at 229-759-6037.

©2009 WALB News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.  Feedback

Powered by WorldNow