Perry closing in on building new animal control shelter

“It also has been one of those issues that council has been dealing with that predates me.”

PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The city of Perry is one step closer to getting a new animal control shelter. City leaders wrestled with the idea of a new space for years.

If you drive too fast you might miss it, Perry’s animal control center just outside of downtown is small and wearing down — quickly.

“The current facility we have is less than adequate. It has been for quite some time,” Mayor Jimmy Faircloth said.

He and council members are taking steps to fix the problem.

“Frankly, this has been a goal of mine, personally. But it also has been one of those issues that council has been dealing with that predates me,” Faircloth said.

Council decided on a contractor to develop a new design for the animal control space. It’ll be bigger and better suited to meet the high demands of stray animals in Perry.

“We finally determined that it is time to do something,” he said.

The plan is to move one of the buildings back and get rid of an existing space to create an all new facility.

While the project hasn’t been finalized, contractors estimate the cost of the new facility will be between $544,000 and $1.2 million to build.

The money will come from the city’s police budget.

“That is where animal control currently resides and that’s where these funds will come from,” Faircloth said.

Until then, volunteers are helping take in the stray animals — Mayor Faircloth says he’s thankful and is looking to create the best possible space for them.

“We want to make certain that the animals that are eligible find good homes and they do a good job of making sure that happens,” he said.

Once that contractor finishes designing a space, city council will have to approve both it and the proposed cost.

Mayor Faircloth says he thinks a new facility will be in place in about a year.

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