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Animal shelter long overdue

After one, last 24-hour delay, the Lamar County commission voted 3-2 last week to approve the budget for the Lamar County Animal Shelter and Morris Adoption Center.

Barring unforeseen complications (or hijinks), construction of the shelter should begin soon.

The shelter may be the longest-awaited construction project in the history of Lamar County. It has been lobbied for, fund-raised for and talked about for the last 25-years. The commission finally added the shelter to the SPLOST list and the voters overwhelmingly approved it.

Then the delays began. There were questions about where to build it. Then there were delays due to a lack of sewer service.

Then other projects, courthouse repairs, the new administrative building and refurbishing the recreation gym, began running long past their completion dates and well over budget. The shelter got left behind yet again.

Its supporters kept their chins up, however, and kept raising money. Of the approved budget, they will supply about $190,000.

Many years ago, I would go to the local pound and photograph the ‘pet of the week’ to try to stimulate adoptions. I had to quit going. I wanted to bring every dog home. Back then, unadopted dogs were put in a room and killed with carbon monoxide gas from a gasoline powered engine. Primitive.

Now the new modern shelter will be built. It is long past due. The vote should have been unanimous!

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