Amid pleas for immediate help, plans set forth for shelter

Jan. 24, 2014 @ 05:43 PM

Vance County commissioners have decided something needs to be done about the animal shelter sooner rather than later.

At Thursday’s annual retreat, Animal Control Chief Frankie Nobles made an impassioned plea to the commissioners to act as soon as possible.

“We are in dire need of an animal shelter and I am basically pleading for a new shelter,” Nobles said Thursday. “I am pleading to please put something in the works because we need something drastic.”

The commissioners committed to developing a three-year plan for constructing a new county animal shelter, in coordination with local animal advisory groups, by the end of the fiscal year. They also agreed to clear the lot, place a sign to identify the facility and establish a fundraising process by October 2014.

“We have the land and two years have gone by, and we haven’t done much of anything,” said Commissioner Eddie Wright, who led a discussion on developing an action plan for a new animal shelter.

In February 2012, the Ruin Creek Animal Protection Society donated five acres of land at a Brodie Road property and RCAPS founder Charles Boyd presented his plans for a shelter that would offer increased kennel capacity, separate adoption and veterinary care areas, and walking trails.

Nobles said the donation was made under the condition that the county would begin construction within five years.

“If nothing is done within five years, that land is returned to its original owners,” he said.

Facility plans range from $1.2 million up to nearly $2 million in construction costs.

Since then, a preliminary architectural drawing was completed and the city of Henderson rezoned the property to residential-agricultural use.

Nobles said more action needs to be taken to help the shelter that currently houses 1,500 animals.

Despite the record low temperatures, Nobles said the temperature inside the shelter has not fallen below 58 degrees.

“We take a reading of the temperature outside and inside everyday,” he said.

In December, complaints were filed against the shelter but a state inspection found no violations.

“There are a lot people saying really bad things,” Nobles said. “But we are doing the best with what we have.”

The state inspection report noted that all sanitation, watering and feeding routines, basic facility repairs and the keeping of records were in acceptable parameters.

 

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