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Animal Welfare Committee Still Discussing Site Selection

The search for a home for the new Macon-Bibb Animal Shelter continues.

The committee in charge of finding a new site location met Monday to sort through the options.

Commissioner Lonzy Edwards chairs that committee and says they are getting closer to find a new and improved home for the animals.

He says they're working to make sure the $3 million allotted is spent mostly on the building, not on the purchase of the land.

"One of the reasons we're being very deliberate and taking as much time as we are in the site selection process is to try to make sure we've explored every angle and every option available to us that hopefully will minimize the amount of money we have to spend for land," says Edwards.

Also at Monday's meeting, the manager of the Columbus Consolidated Animal Care and Control facilities made a presentation to members.

Drale Short highlighted their new building which opened in 2009.

She explained some of the pros and cons of their construction and offered tips to the committee as they move through the design process.

"A lot of times people will tell you how great they are. They'll tell you how wonderful their decision were that they made, but they won't tell you where they made mistakes," said Edwards. "This lady was very candid, very forthcoming about things we need to avoid and things we need to take in to consideration."

She said since last year they've dropped their euthanasia rate from 74 percent to 54 percent as of last month.


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