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Time for talk about shelter is over

Staff Report • Jan 9, 2012 at 11:35 AM

It’s time. Local officials have discussed finding a new home for the Johnson City/Washington County Animal Shelter for many years, but now it’s time for something more than talk. It’s time for action.

Happily, outside forces may be pushing this issue to a resolution. As Press staff writer Gary B. Gray reported last week, Johnson City officials have learned the state has designated money to build a new two-lane road that will run through Optimist Park and across the current animal shelter property on Sells Avenue. Local economic development officials are convinced a connection to the other side of West Market Street will help the city install much-needed infrastructure in the area.

The current animal shelter at 525 Sells Ave. is in desperate need of replacement. The animal shelter takes in many more dogs and cats than the facility was ever designed to hold. Animal control officials have been asking for a new facility for more than a decade. Finding a site acceptable to both city and county officials, however, has been difficult.

Consultants have concluded a study evaluating the feasibility of several possible sites. It’s now time to act.

We must not forget the animal shelter is a temporary home to hundreds of lost, abandoned or neglected dogs and cats. Some are reunited with their owners, and others are adopted by new families. Many will not be so lucky.

You can help make the job of animal control officers easier by having your pets spayed or neutered.

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