Special to SEGAZINE
Could the old Spatola Shoe Factory building on U.S. Highway 84 in Blackshear be used as a possible joint Pierce County, Blackshear, Offerman and Patterson animal shelter?
Resident Thomas Ammons made that suggestion during the county’s work session last week, but commissioners took no official action on the request. Commissioners have heard numerous pleas to take action to help control stray animals here but, so far, have turned a deaf ear.
Ammons told commissioners an animal shelter is very much needed in the county and he pointed out the old shoe factory property is now for sale.
Ammons noted the efforts of Patterson residents Susan Puthoff and Ellen Wells to get an animal shelter locally. The ladies appeared at county commission meetings for months on end pleading that something be done about the stray animal problem in the county.
Commissioners have constantly ignored their requests, saying the county is not in the animal business and even if it was, there is no money to construct, let alone fund, a shelter.