Proposed Pflugerville animal shelter carries hefty price tag

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Pflugerville Animal Shelter says they have outgrown their operation and need a bigger facility.

“Several of these are up for adoption now,” Rhonda McLendon explained as she completed her rounds Tuesday. “We just don’t have room on the adoption side (of the building) now to move them over.”

The shelter can accommodate about 42 dogs and 50 cats at any given time. But, McLendon says there are other challenges.

“A lot of people think that we don’t have a shelter,” McLendon said of Pflugerville, “or don’t realize there’s one here and go elsewhere.”

Some Pflugerville leaders say it is time to invest in a new and improved shelter, but building a new one could cost taxpayers $8 million. Voters will likely decide this November whether they are willing to foot that bill.

“I agree, we need a new shelter,” said resident James Rogers. “The one that we have right now is not very good at all. I think we can get the job done a lot cheaper than $8 million.”

“I think animals should be cared for,” adds Kayley Jense, also a resident of Pflugerville. “But, I think $8 million could be used for other purposes that could be a little bit more important, such as children in schools.”

But no matter how the vote goes, “Hopefully we will become a destination location to come in and adopt a pet,” McLendon said.

The Pflugerville City Council will decide what will be placed on the proposed bond at its Aug. 12 meeting. Voters will go to the polls on Nov. 4.

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