It seems that we have a new St. Francis of Assisi on the BOCS and this is a good thing! On Tuesday, Corey announced that it was time to build a new animal shelter. It’s about time. The older shelter is around 40 years old and was obviously built when the county had a much smaller people population. As the people population grew, so did the pet population.
The PWC animal shelter has also become a no-kill shelter. More space is needed. According to Bristow Beat:
Corey Stewart (R), Prince William County Supervisors’ Chairman At-large, directed county staff to create a detailed proposal that would look into building a new Prince William Animal Shelter using FY2015 savings.
“When [the Prince William Animal Shelter] was constructed our county was a lot smaller than it is today. Anyone who has visited the shelter, you know that it is absolutely needed, and we have got to do something about the situation,” Stewart said, adding that the shelter does provide excellent service, “but it’s a critical unmet need here in Prince William County that must be addressed.”
Stewart said he believes the county could afford to spend roughly $10-12 million on building a new shelter from FY2015 without affecting the county’s AAA bond rating. However, it would be best to wait until after the December audit.
Nonetheless, he is directing county staff to act swiftly, creating a proposal that the supervisors could then discuss and debate, and then a new shelter could be built “outright.”
Naturally the nay-sayers will be bitching and complaining over money going to animals when more soccer fields are needed, classrooms are over crowded and any number of other “priorities” have their hand out first. The animals have waited long enough. The current animal shelter is outdated and crowded. It’s time to build a new one, despite the usual complainers.
Supervisor Lawson is an animal lover too and has been instrumental in advocating for better facilities. Hats off to both her and Corey for this much-needed initiative.
I have already signed. I like animals more than I do most people so I consider all this a good thing.