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NEWTON COUNTY, GA - The Newton County Animal Shelter will remain closed to the public into the summer.
The Animal Shelter is currently being renovated and expanded and will open in its new form later this year. The decision was made to perform construction on the new addition and existing building simultaneously. This decision of keeping the shelter closed a few more weeks will expedite the construction period and save taxpayer money.
During this time, Newton County Animal Services is adhering to the National Animal Care and Control Association guidelines of decreasing intake by only responding to emergency calls – aggressive dogs, livestock in the road or sick and injured animals.
Starting in July normal operations for dogs will resume. Cats, however, will still be limited due to the cat/kitten area being housed in the current shelter space, which will not be completed until mid-September.
“The decision to expedite the renovations was not taken lightly,” said Cindy Wiemann, Newton County Animal Services Director. “This is the best use of both taxpayer funds and staff time with limited inconvenience to the residents of Newton County. Just in limiting the use of a temporary trailer for staff alone, we are saving several thousand dollars of taxpayer funds.”
Newton County celebrated the groundbreaking for the new shelter on Jan. 29. The project, which was a $1.2 million allotment of the 2017 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax is being built by Sunbelt Builders and will bring additional space for cats, small dogs, puppies and larger animal, more quarantine space, renovated offices for staff and new infrastructure.
“We thank you for your patience,” Wiemann said. “We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our grand opening this fall.”
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