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Fulton groundbreaking ceremony for new animal shelter draws crowd of supporters

Fulton groundbreaking ceremony for new animal shelter draws crowd of supporters

March 24th, 2014 in News

From left: Planning and Protective Services Director Les Hudson, Animal Control Supervisor Tina Barnes, Director of Administration Bill Johnson, Mayor LeRoy Benton, Councilman Wayne Chailland, supporter Sue Lippincott, Councilman Rick Shiverdecker and supporter Sam Grabb Jr.

Photo by Dean Asher

Dozens of supporters crowded a Fulton field Monday as city officials and project backers ceremonially broke ground on the new animal shelter.

Fulton Mayor LeRoy Benton presided over the ceremony, heralding the arrival of a new, larger animal shelter off of Industrial Drive to replace the aging Garrett Animal Shelter, an undersized building originally utilized as a "temporary" solution that has been in use since the 1990s.

With $230,000 of the project's $300,000 price tag raised through community contributions, Benton said it has "definitely become a community effort."

"What a great day for Fultonians," Benton said. "The community has taken a lot of ownership and pride in this project."

Benton said contractors will begin work on the site as soon as weather permits.

See Tuesday's edition of the Fulton Sun for complete coverage.