Mold and drainage issues force Jeffersonville to look at building new animal shelter

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- When the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter was built nearly two decades ago, it was a big improvement.

But $200,000 worth of funding wouldn't give the building longevity.

"There was like a trailer," Director Sarah Green said. "They did what they could with that budget, but a lot of the stuff is made for residential, not for a dog kennel."

Now, it's in disarray. Parts of the building are crumbling, there are drainage complications with animal feces and urine, and there's also mold.

"Not only are we putting the employees at risk, the animals themselves are at risk," Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore said.

Moore said he knows something has to be done. He wants to build a new shelter right across from the current building.

"It's going to cost money, but there are some things that are worth the money," Moore said.

Repairing the current building would set Jeffersonville back $1.3 million. The city projects building a new shelter would cost $1.5 million.

"To me, it's a pretty easy say," Moore said.

It's not a done deal just yet, but both Moore and staff at the animal shelter hope it will be soon. Moore said he'd like to start construction by this fall.

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