MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Tonight, Bibb County residents and animal rescue workers had the chance to voice their concerns and make suggestions about what they want to see included in the new animal control shelter.
Chairman Sam Hart says before they move forward with any plans for the project, they want to make sure it's what Bibb County residents want, "We don't get but one opportunity to do it right."
More than 50 people piled into the chamber at Macon City Hall to make sure their ideas and suggestions were heard. Many applauded the idea of naming the shelter after Lucky, the three-legged dog who died in May 2011 while trapped in a Macon City storm drain. The list of concerns included better care for animals who come in for court cases, a new location, and making this a no kill shelter.
"We're killing hundreds of adoptable dogs and cats every year and this is ridiculous, we can do better," says Erin Roberts with Paws and Adopt, Inc.
Bibb County resident, Valerie Wynn, offered a suggestion for the location at the old livestock room at Central City Park. The main concern for her is simply getting the project done.
"We have an issue with getting things done around here, and it takes so much time to find things, find locations, find people to do things. Get it done, and that's a big concern."
By the end of the meeting, there were more than 40 suggestions written out for resources the group wants to see included in the shelter.
Chairman Hart says they plan to take all of the ideas into consideration, and move forward by building a state of the are facillity with the $3 million from the SPLOST. The county will officially take over animal control, and the project on July 1, 2012.