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Lee Co. animals to get shelter

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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.

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