When a dog needs to be dewormed or a kitten has to be euthanized, Dan Turcea, manager of the Boyle County Animal Shelter, heads to the kitchen.
Long-abandoned as a place for staff to eat lunch in peace or heat up leftovers, the kitchen is the only place to treat animals. The building, owned by the humane society, is more than 25 years old and has seen much change beyond a coat of paint.
The society wants to add three rooms - a place for sick cats, a cattery (housing for cats) and a board room that would double as a place for adoptive parents to socialize with animals. The cost is $120,000. The society has saved for years and has $60,000 to contribute. It has asked the county and the city to contribute $30,000 a piece.
Wilder suggests county budget $20,000
Boyle County Judge-Executive Tony Wilder has suggested that magistrates budget $20,000, a generous amount in a year when it has been suggested that most organizational funding be cut in half. There is no word yet about what city commissioners might allocate.