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Long Co. animal shelter getting closer
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Any person or business who would like to donate money or materials for the Long County animal control project can call the code enforcement office at 545-3683 and ask for John Bradley.
According to Long County Code Enforcement Officer John Bradley, animal control in Long County is closer to being a reality than most people think.
“Right now, we are trying to get the land. Once we have the land, the rest of the pieces will start to fall in place for setting up animal control,” he said.
According to Bradley, since the Long County Code Enforcement Office put its animal control department plan in motion, approximately 75 percent of the materials for a new center have been donated from local residents and merchants.
“We already have the plans made up for the shelter, and the cost is going to be around $125,000 to build it,” Bradley said. “Right now, we have about 75 percent of that already promised to us, and we will be using prison labor to build it.”
The proposed shelter will house 150 dogs and
40 cats, and plans call
for an examination room, a sick bay, a wash room, two storage rooms and two offices.
“I estimate we are having around five to seven stray dog attacks each month, and we are doing everything we can to get this thing going because we need it bad,” Bradley said.
The Plum Creek Timber Company agreed to sell two acres of land to the county for the project for $6,500. Long County has raised $2,500 of the $6,500 through fundraisers and individual contributions.
“What we are asking for is donations to go toward the land, and then once it is purchased, to go toward purchasing the remainder of what we need for the building itself. No donation it too large or small,” Bradley said.
The completion of Long County’s animal control department depends on how quickly the county can purchase the land needed, but Bradley said they’re shooting for July 2009.
Additional Long County Code Enforcement Office news:
The Long County Code Enforcement Office and the Long County 4-H Club sponsored a rabies clinic recently at The Heritage Bank in Ludowici.  Dr. Clint Hall and Wolf Animal Clinic administered rabies shots to many animals, and pet owners paid only $10 per vaccine.  
After the rabies clinic, the code enforcement office participated in a clean-up day through the Rivers Alive project to help clean up the water ways of Long County. All participates received free T-shirts and enjoyed lunch.
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