"We have tentative approval with the state Department of Corrections (for the inmate facility)," he said, adding that he will meet with the state building and grounds people today.
If the state gives final approval of the plan, Wright said that the inmates can help care for animals in the shelter. The shelter could be built on the back of the property.
"I think we can fence off the rear portion of the property and construct a building there," he said. "We can insulate the building so the sounds won't be too loud."
He said the female inmates can take care of the shelter and make the operation less expensive for the county. He said the female inmates can clean out the pens, but would not have to actually be in contact with the animals. The dog warden can do that, Wright said.
"This might be a way to help the animal problem in the county," he said. "We need to get some public input into the matter and go look at shelters in other counties," he said.
Wright also said state inmates can help construct the animal shelter.
The judge-executive said Tri K Landfill Inc. in Lincoln County has agreed to continue to take dogs after they have been put to death for between $60 and $120 per month.
The court agreed to pay Ricky Luttrell, dog warden, $150 per month to transport the dead animals to the landfill. Wright said Luttrell will also keep some dogs in pens he's using now.