Pflugerville Animal Shelter could be leaving city

PFLUGERVILLE (KXAN) – The city of Pflugerville has long outgrown its animal shelter.

Plans for a brand new facility failed in November, when voters narrowly said no to the $10 million price tag.

Now, the city says they’re closer to choosing a different option on the table, and it’s not actually in the city.

On Tuesday night, Pflugerville City Manager Brandon Wade updated council on conversations he’s had with board members of the Williamson County Animal Shelter.

“Yes, they are entertaining the notion of it,” said Wade. “The word I got back was, if we were to participate, we need to make a decision quickly.”

While the board hasn’t given him official word, he’s been told they are interested in forming the partnership.

Wade says the county shelter is looking to expand, and says a partnership would add Pflugerville to the equation.

“The council seemed to be very interested in it, especially with the expected numbers I gave them.” said Wade. “It would be a fraction of the amount of money we were looking at spending on a shelter, that would be a stand alone shelter of our own.”

He estimates the city would pay about $2 million in the expansion, plus additional costs for maintenance down the road. He guesses a little over $200,000 a year.

Some citizens however, are disappointed, wishing a solution kept a shelter in Pflugerville.

“I think exasperation is the word that describes what’s been going on,” said Pflugerville resident, Danny Vinzant. “So many years of neglecting this issue, not taking it seriously enough, kicking the can down the road.”

Vinzant went to the shelter a few months ago, looking for a new dog to adopt.

“Coming out here and visiting, and seeing if I wanted to adopt another dog, it just broke my heart to see the condition of the building,” said Vinzant.

Vinzant wishes they would look at options for a new shelter, at a lower cost than the bond proposed. Or, look at partnering with the Austin Animal Shelter.

He’s not the only one upset with the progress.

“The city is proving to be uncompassionate and unwilling to make necessary changes in investing in an adequate animal shelter, so maybe our pets are better off in regional animal shelter where they have the best shot at adoption and quality of life while waiting for their families,” said Pflugerville animal advocate, Kim Waters.

In December, Pflugerville City Council also discussed expanding the current facility. However, after Tuesday’s meeting the option of partnering with the county is looking like the preferred choice of the city.

Wade says he’s heard the design could begin in the summer. If that happens, Pflugerville’s move could happen in 18 to 24 months, and the current shelter would likely become parkland.

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