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Commission reviews stray animal options
Future beyond 2010 uncertain
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Elaina, a stray, is one of many dogs at the Forsyth County Animal Shelter. - photo by Emily Saunders
Discussion continued this week on the fate of housing stray animals in Forsyth County.

A temporary fix, approved July 14, will continue an agreement with the corporation that runs the county’s current animal control facilities.

The corporation, NALAA, told the county commission in the spring that it planned to terminate its agreement with the county July 31.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Commissioner Patrick Bell said he believed the county should build its own facility “so we won’t ever get left hanging again.”

The previous contract with NALAA stated that either the county or the corporation could terminate the agreement with 60 days notice. NALAA wanted out.

The most recent deal, however, increases payment to the corporation, which operates the facility at Orr Animal Hospital on Old Atlanta Road.

NALAA will receive $35,000 per month for the rest of 2009 and $40,000 per month during 2010.

Forsyth County resident Damian Kline has offered to build and operate a shelter in the county, with services costing $698,500 per year.

Donna Kukarola, county purchasing director, told the commission Tuesday that building a facility could cost the county $1.9 million, along with equipment costs of $493,000 and $319,000 per year to staff it.

Commissioners have discussed other options, including renting the facility from NALAA and hiring a nonprofit organization or private firm to run it.

Kukarola has estimated that would cost about $667,000 annually and it would be a biddable item.

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