All that will end soon when the water and sewer lines are connected to a new, 364-square foot metal office building at the shelter on Cook Road.
Senior Animal Control Officer George Keilmann said moving from the old building to the new will be a welcome change.
Actually, the new building is just one of several changes made at the Cook Road compound. A new road was finished by the city’s street department, and the parks department built a concrete sidewalk leading to the front door of the building.
The building has a brand-new heat pump and air conditioner to make the office space more tolerable. There is a kitchen counter and sink and a restroom, complete with a shower that can be used whenever an officer needs to clean up after an especially messy encounter with an animal.
“We’ll put up signs,” said Keilmann.
But the main holdup to occupying the new facility is getting the sewer and water lines hooked up there.
Assistant Animal Control Officer Lupe Valdez III said that the cages where residents can leave unwanted animals also were moved and now are locked.
Only animal control officers or Beeville Police Department officers are allowed to open the cages, because it is a misdemeanor for someone to abandon an animal.
“All the work, so far, has been done by city employees,” Police Chief Joe Treviño said. That has saved the city considerable expense.
The building was ordered locally, from Ameri-Tech Industries on West Corpus Christi Street. Keilmann said the structure cost the city a little more than $12,000.
Eissler’s Appliance Repair provided the air conditioner and heat pump.
“I think animal control is a very important part of the community,” Keilmann said. In the last year, officers have taken 1,200 stray animals off the street.
Currently, Keilmann and Valdez are still calling the cramped, green building home. But that is expected to change in just days.
What will happen to the old building?
Keilmann and Valdez said that will stay where it is and will be used for storage.
“We’re very appreciative to have new equipment,” Keilmann said. “Hopefully, we can provide even better service.”
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.