New shelter being considered

Published 1:34 am Saturday, September 29, 2012

As the City of Andalusia studies the construction of a new animal shelter, the county on Friday renewed its contract on a month-by-month basis with the city for animal services.

Currently, county residents can drop animals off at the Andalusia Animal Shelter. City employees in Florala also use the shelter under the county’s contract, said county administrator Brenda Petty.

Petty said the $10,000 a year contract covers the handling of what she believes, is 7,500 animals per year.

“I got an email from (city clerk John Thompson) asking us to renew the contract on a month-to-month basis until they decided what to do,” she said. “Florala brings a lot of animals, and there is a drive to build their own shelter, so it might reduce our overall price in the long run. It leaves us room to negotiate later.”

Commissioners agreed to renew the contract.

The shelter, which is located on Coliseum Avenue, currently operates 25 dog kennels and 12 cat cages. Officials have stated the facility is in need of serious structural repair and they hope to construct a new facility on Sutton Road.