City of Perry preparing for new animal shelter

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PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Construction is underway on what will be the new animal shelter in Perry.

Shovels hit the dirt a few weeks ago.

When you’re there — it may be hard to hear.

“It’s been a long time coming and it’s very needed and we’re glad it’s finally getting started,” Lee Gilmour, Perry’s city manager, said.

The sounds from what will be the new shelter are those of progress.

“The new shelter that’s being built will be just for the canines and the felines,” Steve Lynn, Perry’s police chief said.

Lynn, who’s in charge of the city’s  animal control, and Gilmour are ready to see the new project take shape.

“It’s hard to put an exact number on any particular day. Let’s suffice it to say that this facility, we’ve certainly outgrown,” Lynn said.

“A better area for them, people who are interested in adopting — for pets to come in and view them and work with them,” Gilmour said.

For years the city looked for ways to upgrade from their current, run down shelter. Now they’ve found the resources — $590,000 in penny sales tax money.

“It should actually make the job easier, instead of harder, so I don’t anticipate that the staff will need to grow,” Lynn said.

The space will have room f or both dogs and cats, an area for the animals to receive medical attention, and a place for future pet owners to meet their potential new member of their family.

Gilmour calls it an “all-in-one” facility.

“…to make it easy, friendly, and to encourage adopting,” he said.

It’s encouragement he says is moving the city in the right direction.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for this Thursday 10 a.m. Plans are to have the facility completed by February of next year.

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