Lubbock Animal Shelter Wins Support from Health Board - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/9/03

Lubbock Animal Shelter Wins Support from Health Board

Dogs, cats and other animals are living in the pits at the Lubbock Animal Shelter. "This is at a crisis stage," said health board chairman, Dr. J Davis Armistead.

The shelter described as a "delaminated building" needs massive improvements. Like a brand new roof...and expansions. "We have people looking for lost pets that come here as well as other people trying to fill out adoption papers. We really don't have room," said shelter educator, Laura Forsythe.

The animal shelter needs nearly $850,000 to improve the falling facility. But animal shelter advisory board members want an additional $200,000 more, bringing the total to more than one million dollars.

City health board members took a tour of the shelter Friday during their regularly scheduled meeting and realize there's a legitimate reason for the requested additional money. "The reason our board supports them is because they have had architects look at it already, told them how to get this boat into first class shape," said Dr. Armistead.

Two boards have approved of the funding. Now it will be up to the citizen's advisory committee on how they'll be delegating $30 million to other city departments. Right now, the animal shelter ranks number four as being the most important improvement on record.

The $30 million dollars is part of a bond package the city putting together that will eventually go before voters. No date has been set for the election.

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