LOGAN, W.Va. — The Logan County Animal Control Facility hosted a special viewing of it’s new building for the Paws Squad Wednesday Feb. 24.
The new facility is located near the old 84 Lumber property at Peach Creek and has been a work in progress for over three years.
Logan County Administrator Rocky Adkins noted, “We’ve ended up with a much better facility in the end.”
The floors and portions of the walls are coated in a special epoxy which allows for a more sanitary environment and easier cleanup.
“The floor is a resin compound that the dogs can’t scratch and it is sealed to where no bacteria can grow in it. We won’t have to worry about Parvo or any of those issues with the dogs as long as it is kept clean,” Adkins said. “This floor is crowned in the middle and everything goes to the outside. There is a continuous drain that runs in each of these dog stalls so the floor can be hosed down and drained.”
The facility boasts 18 regular kennels and two kennels for quarantine of sick or dangerous animals. In all, there will be room for 32 dogs and two kennels will be converted to house cats.
Each kennel has a door that can be opened to allow the animals access to an 18 foot run. Half of each run is covered by a roof allowing animals the choice to sun themselves or stay in the shade.
Terry Quentrill, with the Paws Squad noted, “This is a state of the art facility. We just want [the animals] to be healthy and happy.”
Quentrill added that “cage rage” can be a real factor in running an animal control facility and stated the option of having the dogs go outside will reduce problems in that area.
“It’s wonderful to see the animals being taken care of — to have such a nice place to sleep and go outside,” added Selena Marcum, of the Paws Squad.
“The animals,” noted Adkins,”will moved down here this week.”
Adkins added the $400,000 purchase of the old 84 Lumber property will bring more than the animal control facility to Logan.
A pending sale of a potion of the property to the Logan County Public Service District will see the county receive nearly 50 percent ($190,000) return for the property.
Adkins noted a portion of the property will also be converted into a garden to be tended by people in the day report system.
A food pantry is also being setup in the 84 Lumber building, and there are plans to eventually include other supportive services on the property.