Lake County one step closer to new animal shelter

- Lake County is one step closer to getting a brand new animal shelter.   

According to shelter officials, the place is usually at or above capacity. And they say their current facility isn’t meeting their needs. 

Right now, dogs have even moved into the offices. Director Whitney Boylston has four feral dogs in her workspace. Their crates sitting just feet away from her desk. 

“Very rarely do we have some breathing room,” Boylston explained. 

But that’s about change. A new, $7.8 million facility is on the horizon. 

“So today, the commission voted to approve the loan being awarded to the bank so that we have a closing date and the financing is in place,” Boylston said. 

She says since becoming a ‘no-kill’ shelter in January, they’re keeping animals for longer. Right now, they have 156 dogs, 67 cats, and 134 kittens. 

On top of the space issue, Boylston says the current building outside of Tavares is old and isn’t holding up well. 

“We’ve got a lot of maintenance issues that are just not feasible to address so it’s really more expensive for us to continue to maintain our current building,” she said. 

There’s no date set yet for breaking ground on the new shelter. But Boylston says once construction starts, it should take about nine months. 

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