PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Perry's Mayor Jimmy Faircloth is putting together a meeting of the minds to solve a big problem. He's assembling a task force to try and get the city a much needed animal shelter after the current one has been in disrepair.
"We can no longer put any more money into those facilities. It makes no sense. We have gone past the point of no return in my estimation," Faircloth said.
"We have several of our pens that we can't use anymore. It's pretty much dilapted, rusted, we can't even use them," Angie Reed, an employee at the shelter said.
Angie Reed has worked at the Perry Animal shelter for five years. In that time, she's seen the current facility wear down, little by little, day by day.
A gloomy Monday in Perry left her concerned about the animals' well-being outdoors.
It's a problem she wishes would get fixed.
"To have a building that would be enclosed, so the dogs are out of the weather. When it's hot to have air, and when it's cold they would have heat," Reed said. "Free of mice, rats, and roaches.
Mayor Jimmy Faircloth knows the issues all to well.
Talks of a new shelter have been brought up for the last 15 years, but a shovel hasn't hit the dirt.
So he's putting a team together to solve the problem.
"We're going to charge this task force with coming up viable options for the city," Faircloth said.
The task force will be a group made up architects, veterenarians, builders and the police department.
The slow start hasn't been because of a lack of priority.
It's a lack of money.
"We want to make certain that we treat the animals in a humane way, and we're not doing that right now because of some of the conditions that we have, but we're doing the best that we can," Faircloth said.
Estimates of a new, working facility have cost upwards of $900 thousand dollars. Money the city doesn't have readily available.
Faircloth is hoping the task force can come up with a solution, so that these animals will have a safer, more secure, livable place to stay.
Faircloth is expected to announce who will be apart of the task force in the next couple of days. He says that group, will have several months to come up with possible options so the city can fix the problem.