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DeKalb committee debates new animal shelter site

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A committee that is studying the best location for a new $8 million animal shelter in DeKalb County was expected to release a list of three sites on Friday.

However, the debate has continued for hours and as of 5 p.m., the committee had not narrowed down a list of 12 possible locations for the facility.

"I think that we just all need to step up and move forward more quickly," said Katharine Luongo, a volunteer at the shelter. "Debating, we've done that, it's dead. Let's do what's best for the animals."  

Luongo was among the animal lovers that attended the committee meeting that at times became tense.

"That's your least impacted expense is the cost of transportation of the animals back and forth," Bob Lundsten, the chief of staff for commissioner Elaine Boyer. "It's a flea on the elephant's butt in the budget." 

An advisory board recommended a site near DeKalb-Peachtree Airport but a new committee that was appointed after commissioners said they wanted more information on other possible locations.

"The fact that this is going on for 10 years is absurd," said Judy Simon of Stopping Pet Overpopulation Together (SPOT). "Absolutely absurd."  

The committee is expected to present its list of three site locations to the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. 

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