Humane Society asks for help to build $500K facility

The current Logan County animal shelter should be demolished and another one built, according to Lorri Hare, director of the Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society. Hare’s sentiments are shared with two professionals who have looked at the structure and deemed it unsalvageable.

Craig McAllester, a shelter specialist from Lancaster, Penn., was asked by Hare to come out and look at the shelter and give an opinion. According to the specialist, the house serving as the society’s office has many structural problems. Hare claims there are also a great deal of code violations, and it just doesn’t meet the standards the state of Kentucky requires.

Hare attended the Logan County Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday bringing with her David Bernado, a construction manager of Rafferty’s in Bowling Green. Bernado believes it would not be cost effective to try to repair the current structure, but instead tear it down to make way for another. Bernado has worked with the Warren County Humane Society in the past, donating his time and skills. He is also doing the same for the Logan County Humane Society.

Bernado brought with him some preliminary drawings to the fiscal court, ones that are similar to the adoption center at the Bowling Green Humane Society.

When asked by magistrates how much a new shelter is going to cost, Hare was reluctant give an actual estimate. She said the humane society is working with a grant writer and is also soliciting funds from the community at large to try and obtain revenue for the project. She also spoke about in-kind labor and wasn’t sure how much that would knock off the cost of the project.

“If I had to give a number it would probably be between $400,000-$500,000,” said Hare, who mentioned the Logan County Humane Society could split the cost with the county.

Hare said the community was really supporting the humane society and felt confident the project would be supported as well.

Some of the problems noted with the existing shelter included: drainage issues, wastewater runoff, flooding, rodent infestation, insects, rust, poor flooring, bad kennels, etc.

“I’m not putting a dime in the existing facility other than for a track hoe,” said Magistrate Thomas Bouldin, who was very supportive of the initiative. Bouldin said it was the county’s responsibility to have a working, up to code shelter and it would cost what it cost.

Magistrate Dickie Carter, on the other hand, said he would not vote for spending a quarter of a million dollars on a animal shelter unless that amount could be spent on the youth of Logan County.

“Bowling Green is the third largest city in the state. We cannot compete with you all,” said magistrate Carter to Hare.

Carter said he knows a building is important, but said the fiscal court’s job was to take care of the problem of stray animals, and then it was up to the humane society to take care of them once they got them.

“I’m all for taking care of the animals, but I’d rather take care of the young people of this county rather than the animals,” said Carter.

Tracy Moser, Logan County’s new humane society director, told Carter he would be helping the youth of the community by teaching them the compassion of loving and caring for an animal.

“This is a community problem, not just a humane society problem,” said Moser. “If we work together, we can have a place we can all be proud of.”

Moser is an avid spay and neuter advocate and is planning on implementing several programs to help lower the amount of homeless animals in Logan County. She said by people becoming educated on the importance of spaying and neutering, there will eventually be no need for costly care of homeless animals because there will be very little of them.

The court gave the go ahead for Hare to begin the process of getting bids on a new animal shelter. She is to come back to court and present her findings.

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