DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- After more than a year of wrangling, DeKalb County officials Tuesday announced that an agreement had been reached to locate a new county animal shelter near DeKalb Peachtree Airport.
Officials said the $2.75 million shelter would be located on a 5.2 acre parcel of land near the airport at 3461 Reeves Street.
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Red shirted advocates for a new shelter were overwhelmed, and stood and cheered the announcement of the decision during Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting. Many of those individuals were with Advocates for DeKalb Animals, whose membership supported strongly pushed for locating the new shelter near the airport.
Still to come are details regarding both the contractor who will build the shelter as well as a time-frame as to when the new facility will be completed.
The commission voted by a 6-to-1 margin, with Commissioner Elaine Boyer the only dissenting vote.
Commissioner Larry Johnson said the matter was one of great urgency, and described the current animal shelter as "a chamber of horrors."
County Commissioner Kathy Gannon said she expects volunteers to play a significant role in the operation of the new shelter, saying she hopes "volunteers will be part of the process of the new shelter."