The Lincoln County Humane Society received good news from the County regarding their efforts to build a new facility.
After lengthy discussions, the County Board, with a 14-8 vote, approved a transfer of land adjacent to the current Humane Society site at the fairgrounds. Once the new facility has been built directly to the north of their current building, the old property will be returned to the County.
Board members voting no opposed for a variety of reasons. Some needed more questions answered, others did not like the land transfer as proposed or wanted to wait for the fairgrounds feasibility study.
The Humane Society is contracted through the county to provide state required services. Their facility, built in 1978, serves approximately 1,000 animals yearly. Organizers noted age, everyday wear and tear, a lack of storage, and new rules governing kennel sizes, as reasons they have been exploring a new facility.
The new facility still has several additional steps including the proper channels through the city of Merrill where the land is located, as well as securing the remainder of the funding through their fundraising efforts. Representatives say they are at approximately 70% of their ultimate fundraising goal of $700,000.
The Humane Society has more details of the planned facility and fundraising details on their website furrypets.com