EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPUTNAM ANIMAL SHELTER
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Putnam Commission Approves New Animal Shelter
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin, Bethany Simmons
Reported: Feb. 13, 2012 10:36 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 14, 2012 3:38 PM EST
Winfield , Putnam County , West Virginia
Putnam County will be getting a new animal shelter. The County Commission approved a plan Tuesday morning to award $2.3 million dollars to start building the new shelter.
Volunteers had been raising money for years and already have a spot ready along Route 62 outside of Eleanor. They say this has been a long time coming and they're excited to move forward.
The Commissioners approved the plan in a 2 to 1 vote. Commissioner Andes voted against the plan. Commissioners Tillis and Haynes voted for it. Commissioner Haynes' wife has been instrumental in getting the new shelter built.
An expected step forward in the push for a new animal shelter in Putnam County.
For nearly a decade, volunteers have been raising money to move out of the Putnam County Animal Shelter. It's a move that's expected to cost about $1.5 million.
Putnam County commissioners will vote on the issue at a meeting at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday.
"It's going to be fantastic. There's going to be enough room for everybody!" says volunteer Karen Haynes.
Walking through the crowded halls of the shelter, it's easy to see why they won't be sad to see it go.
More than 25 years ago, the shelter opened up behind Winfield Middle School. It was supposed to be a temporary spot, but when Putnam County's population grew, so did the number of animals coming in to the shelter, but they had to stay put.
"A total of over 3,000 animals come through yearly. Last year alone we had to put down 2,087 animals," explains Chief Humane Officer John Davis.
Workers say the new 10,000 foot shelter off Route 62 will drastically cut euthanasia rates. Now, they'll also be able to house livestock on site during criminal investigations.
"We have no way to house those animals here until a hearing. We have to rely on the public, if they would have a farm, to allow us to keep those animals at their location," explains Davis.
Haynes has helped raise roughly $200,000 for the project, much of went to getting the new 14-acre site shovel ready.
"I still have about $67,000 in the bank for good things, nice things, for inside the shelter, like new bowls...whatever the animals are going to need," says Haynes.
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