2008-05-07 / Front Page

Animal shelter upgrade proposed

By LARRY HILLIARD Ledger Staff Writer larry@gaffneyledger.com

Dialogue soon will begin between county and city leaders to upgrade the local animal shelter.

The new facility would include space for pet adoptions, a separate area for cats and a room to perform euthanizations. The upgrade could cost as much as $20,000. Sources said the county would be willing to pay the bulk of that amount.

The new facility would likely be located near the entrance to the existing animal shelter.

Local volunteers would staff the adoption center.

Complaints from local animal shelter volunteers triggered the pending discussions. The volunteers claimed county animal control officers violated state law by failing to fully sedate animals prior to euthanizing them. The county has hired veterinarians to do the euthanasia procedures until the county implements a new policy and procedures manual for the animal shelter.

Cherokee County Councilman Bailey Humphries, who chairs the public works committee, acknowledged that improvements to the animal shelter are on the table. He was tight-lipped on the specifics of the project but added upgrades to the animal shelter are a "top priority."

The county and city jointly fund the animal shelter. The city owns the building and the county has title to the land.

Gaffney Administrator James Taylor said he's not opposed to making improvements to the animal shelter.

"I was approached last week to see if we were willing to sit down and look at some things," he said. "We are willing to look at what we can do to improve the facility."

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