Martha SparksSociety Editor
October 4, 2012
The Logan County Commission took a big step forward Tuesday with the announcement Tuesday that rescued animals in Logan County will soon be housed in a new shelter.
The new shelter will be built at Three Mile Curve and will be a 30 foot by 50 foot facility with 5 foot by 40 foot sheds that will allow for exterior dog runs.
The County Commissioners have worked with the W.V. Humane Society for some time in planning this project.
Summer Wyatt, state director of The Humane Society, attended the announcement and said she is proud of the steps Logan County is taking to improve the conditions of the animals housed in the shelter.
“This is such a spectacular step forward and I hope other counties see this and are inspired to do the same,” said Wyatt. “I know the commissioners are going above and beyond the call of duty and going the extra step is not always the easiest. I hope people appreciate what they are doing. I am so happy and thrilled at this announcement.”
Logan County Commission President Danny Godby said the commission has made every effort to take care of the animals and give them the best facility possible.
“We want to have a better situation than what we have had before,” said Godby. “Safety is a concern and we want to make access to the shelter easier for people who want to come in to adopt the animals. We want to see these animals thrive and we want a good environment for them. We want to have an animal shelter that people can be proud of.”
Godby said the facility will have a heating and cooling system to keep the animals comfortable. He said the county will also be hiring a secretary to handle day-to-day business while the shelter officials are out in the county.
“We want this to be a plus for Logan County,” Godby said.
Commissioners Willie Akers and Danny Ellis said the project has their full support.
“This is great for the county,” said Akers.
“It is easy to support things that are good for Logan County,” said Ellis.
County Humane Officer Jerry Browning said people have recently been coming from as far away as Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York and Florida to adopt animals from the current shelter and he hopes the improved conditions and accessibility will increase the number of animals placed in good homes.
“I’m thankful to get a better facility for the animals,” Browning said. “This is not only about the animals; this is also about the people, too. We recently had 30 dogs adopted in one week and we have 18 dogs ready to go out to a place in Kentucky. We want these animals to find a good home.”