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Commissioners approve location of new DeKalb animal shelter

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -

DeKalb County Commissioners voted on Tuesday to buy land for a new shelter.

Volunteers at DeKalb County's animal shelter said they were pleased to that county commissioners will finally move forward with a new facility for the county's abandoned and stray dogs and cats.

Many of those shelter volunteers were on hand when commissioners cast a 6 -1 vote on Tuesday that  allows the county to spend $2.75 million to buy several acres of land near Peachtree-DeKalb Airport -- a location many hoped for.

"There were demographic studies done in the research initially by the advisory board that actually polled people about would they be likely to volunteer at the shelter in the zip codes , would they be likely to adopt animals in those zip codes and those are other reasons that made it a good choice," said animal rights advocate Linda McCollough.

Commissioner Elaine Boyer was the only hold-out. She says the alternate location near Johns Holmstead Park is a more financially feasible setting for a new shelter.

"We could have actually had money to preserve the homestead, now there will be no money for that," said Boyer. "There will be no money to build trails. There will be no money for people to actually come to this park because we can't support any kind of parking on this."

Supporters believe Tuesday's vote marks an end to troubling conditions that have plagued the current shelter for decades.

There is more work to be done before ground is broken on the new shelter. In the meantime, commissioners said they are committed to making sure that operations are running smoothly at the existing shelter.

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