Fulton County Chairman Robb Pitts (left) and County Manager Dick Anderson get a tour of the Fulton County animal shelter last month. (Photo: Bob Andres / bandres@ajc.com)
Photo: bandres@ajc.com
Photo: bandres@ajc.com

Fulton wants your input to help fix overcrowded animal shelter issue

Fulton County, for the third and last time, is holding a event to get community input on how to fix its overcrowded animal shelter and how to improve operations.

The county said the open house will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 15 at the Helene S. Mills Senior Multipurpose Facility, 515 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. NE in Atlanta.

The shelter is in bad need of help.

LifeLine Animal Project, the organization that manages county animal services for Fulton and DeKalb, often calls for foster and adoption help to save the lives of the animals because the shelters runs out of room.

Fulton commission chairman Robb Pitts described the shelter as looking “like a third- or fourth-world facility.”

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Sometimes there are eight dogs to a kennel at the current facility. Designed in 1978, the shelter was not designed to hold felines, so the cats are stacked in a separate trailer.

The county estimates it will spend $25 million on the new shelter project, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. The Fulton commission voted to spend $270,000 for a firm to study space requirements and possible locations in addition to hold open houses.

The first community event about the site search was held on June 20 in southern Fulton and the second was July 10 in Alpharetta.

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