Camden County appears to be moving forward with an animal control facility in the Montreal area.
Although the Camden County Sheriff's Department and Presiding Commissioner Kris Franken met on Dec. 7 to discuss details, there was little progress to report. The county still does not have a final plan or budget for the project.
The animal control facility will be housed in the former MoDOT building on Highway E in Montreal. The county commission announced several months ago that is in the process of purchasing the property from the state. The initial plans presented by the county for the property included using part of it for the road and bridge department and the remaining portion for an animal shelter.
Captain Kelly Luttrell of the sheriff's department said the project is still in the planning stages with drawings and specifications in the works. Once those are complete, Luttrell said the sheriff's department would be putting the project out for bid, starting with the wastewater treatment plant. No costs estimates for the renovations or ongoing operation of the facility are available.
Animal calls are the third most frequent type of call the department receives, and is why Sheriff Dwight Franklin feels buying the building was an easy choice for the county. Currently, officers do not have a facility to house the animals that they pick up. They must drive them to shelters in Osage Beach, Sunrise Beach or Lebanon and pay a fee to house them there.
The funds used to transport and house those animals in other shelters will be used to fund the day to day operations of the new facility.
Originally, the plan was for the shelter not to be an adoptable shelter, but according to the Sheriff's Department, that is still up for conversation. The Lake Sun previously reported that animals will be held for 10 to 14 days before they are euthanized in hopes that owners will claim them. Animals will not be able to be adopted directly from the new facility, but will be moved to a surrounding shelter if they are "adoptable" according to Franken and Sheriff Dwight Franklin.