DeKalb County opens new animal shelter in Chamblee - CBS46 News

DeKalb County opens new animal shelter in Chamblee

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DeKalb County officials cut the ribbon on a new 33,000 sq. ft. animal shelter in Chamblee Wednesday.

The state-of-the-art facility, located at 3280 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, will ultimately replace a rundown shelter located near the county jail off Kensington Road in Decatur.

"That old facility had lots of problems with drainage, ventilation and that kind of stuff," says Sonali Saindane with the DeKalb County Animal Advisory Board.

The new $12 million shelter can accommodate more than 400 animals, but CBS46 has learned that most of the dogs and cats still located in the old shelter will not be transferred to the new one.

"There is a risk in bringing the bacteria from the old facility to the new one," says Saindane.

CBS46 questioned animal advocates and learned that officials will keep the old shelter open fore three more weeks, then bathe and transfer the remaining animals here.

"Generally speaking, we adopt out 15 a day at each of our shelters and we don't have any problems in terms of diseases spread," says Karen Hirsch with LifeLine Animal Project.

When asked are they putting other animals in their home at risk if someone adopts a dog from the old facility, Saindane said, "No."

Advocates insist there is no need for concern, and for another week you can adopt animals from both shelters for free.

"You can adopt any animal at our shelter," says Hirsch. "You will get the animal spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and some other freebies we throw in at no cost."

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