By Portia Williams
GREENUP, Ky. - The Greenup County-owned animal shelter is renovating, and making some adjustments to allow the shelter to operate more efficiently. Bobby Carpenter, judge-executive, said renovations are underway, and only animals from Greenup County will be allowed at the shelter.
According to Carpenter, the county took ownership of the animal shelter in 2007.
“We’ve got a good little shelter, and we’re making renovations and changes as we go, but with so many in there, you just couldn’t do it,” Carpenter said. “I use to take animals from three other counties, we did that when we took it over, that’s what they were doing, and we just kept that up.
He said cutting decreasing the number of animals will received will lower operation costs.
“We’re going to cut down on the population as much as we can right now, and just go get the ones that we have to. It has just gotten so expensive. There are just so many of them now, I am going to let those other counties handle their own,” he said.
He said the work will be with sanitizing the facility.
“We are just starting to clean the shelter out. We are starting with washing and cleaning, and then we’ll paint. The biggest thing that we are going to do is the cement work,” he said. “For instance, when you clean the stalls out, while you’re cleaning it you have water, and it stays wet, and you’ve got to clean and bleach and keep everything sanitized. This way, it will drain down under, and the dogs won’t be subjected to getting wet.”
Carpenter said the county received advice from the Humane Society in regard to some of the changes.
“We are going to go in and do some work that the people at the Humane Society recommended to us. Our heating and air conditioning is fixed. And now we’re going to go in and fix the drainage in the troughs, from the people that had it before. We’re going to dig all of that all and pour new cement,” he said.
Carpenter said there are minimal costs for the shelter renovations as they will utilize Work Farm participants to perform the labor.
“The only costs associated with this project is for the materials. We already have these guys here from the alternative sentencing people, and that’s who I will use out there to help us. So we are getting some things done, that normally you couldn’t have done unless you paid for it,” he said.
He said the animal shelter renovation project workers will be supervised.
“We have Stan, our maintenance man here at the courthouse, will oversee all of the work that is done,” he said.
Carpenter said the renovations should be complete in one month.
“I have to wait on the guys to finish out here at the courthouse. They have about two more weeks on the work here, and then a little bit of work to do at the McConnell House, and then they will come and do the work here at the shelter,” he said.
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