At the Montgomery County Animal Shelter, the wait continues to build
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Dogs and cats are affected, just like people, by budget decisions the Montgomery County Commission will make this spring.
The search continues to find a property somewhere in the community for the County Animal Protection and Control Department to build a new and larger animal shelter.
Like all other functions of local government, Animal Care & Control must take into account the realities of growing up.
Until the animal sanctuary’s new property is secured, the entire budgeting process for this department led by Director David Kaske is somewhat in limbo.
So far so good, Kaske said this week after an initial hearing on his department’s budget, but there are still many unknowns about the final spending total.
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“I was pleasantly surprised by how the hearing went, but I don’t know what the final total will be for the department because there will be changes, and we haven’t talked about personnel costs yet,” he said. he added. says Kaske.
“At the moment, we are mainly dealing with the daily operating expenses of the services.”
Kaske said two locations in the county are currently being considered as potential sites for the new animal sanctuary, but there is still a lot of work to be done to secure a site.
“There’s a property on Rossview Road that we’ve been looking at, and there’s also a site we’re looking at in northern Clarksville,” Kaske said.
“We need a new facility, and the money for buying the land is still there in the budget. That money could just be carried over to the next fiscal year,” he said.
Architecture and design dollars totaling $750,000, and separate from land purchase expenses, are proposed in the 2022-23 budget for the new animal shelter.
But Kaske is unsure whether that expense for the design of the facility will be approved by the commissioners if the property is not secured soon.
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The current Montgomery County Animal Shelter at 616 N. Spring St. downtown is at capacity with dogs and puppies, and almost cats.
“Right now we have 43 large dog kennels and 26 small dog and puppy kennels, and they’re full. We probably have about 90 cat kennels, and we currently have about 65 cats in the shelter,” Kaske said.
“As it is spring, we expect to be at full capacity with cats shortly,” he added.
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