Jessamine County will receive a $150,000 grant from the state for construction of a new animal shelter.
The state Department of Agriculture's Animal Control Advisory Board recently notified the county about the grant.
The current shelter at City-County Park was built in 1975 and is 2,000 square feet. The new facility will be about 9,000 square feet.
Jessamine Fiscal Court had applied for $298,000, but the remaining cost for construction will be paid by fiscal court with cash and in-kind contributions.
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Because so many counties applied for grants, the advisory board set a cap of $150,000 for the amount each qualified county could receive. Of the 44 applicants, only Jessamine and another county received the maximum amount.
After receiving the grant money, fiscal court will form a construction committee, including area veterinarians, to determine the final plan for the shelter.