SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The roof and walls at the Bullitt County Animal Shelter are damaged due to years of water damage. There is mold growing in several areas of the 3,000-square-foot building.

There is also not enough ventilation to get rid of excess humidity and continue a constant air flow through the building.

“We will need temporary housing if it does come down to repairing the building, or we could make due until they decide to build a new shelter,” shelter director Angie Greenup said.

The shelter currently gets $7,500 per fiscal year from the county. Repairs costs are estimated at between $109,000 and $130,000.

Greenup is requesting the county help pay for repair costs for the 35-year-old building. A non-profit group called “Friends of Bullitt County Animal Shelter” has set up at 501 (c)(3) to try and raise money for the shelter.

“We want this to be a safe place," Greenup said. "If their animals do get out, we want them to come for their animals. We don't want their animals to stay here. Our stray hold is seven days."

Currently, the shelter houses 20 dogs and a separate trailer of cats. They're not at capacity, but it doesn’t take long to fill up or even over capacity during the summer.

The mold and leaking ceiling is not only a threat for the animals but also for the workers and volunteers of the shelter.

“We spend more time here than we do at our homes,” Greenup said.

The Bullitt County Fiscal Court listened to Greenup’s request for funds at Tuesday’s meeting, but the issue was not voted on and will be addressed at the next meeting June 19.

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