Due to unsafe mold levels found at the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, the building has been closed to the public indefinitely. Results from mold testing were submitted on Monday, July 15 showing toxic levels of dangerous mold in all areas of the shelter.
While the building has been in disrepair for some time, it has reached a state where it is unsafe for people and animals. Remediation efforts have already begun. Staff are caring for animals utilizing personal protective equipment, and they are also working out of the emergency trailer parked in front of the Animal Shelter.
At this time, Lincoln County Animal Shelter staff are coordinating with regional shelters to transfer animals to different locations. The shelter will continue to rely on foster homes to help care for animals and encourages anyone interested in fostering to submit an application through their website at LincolnCountyAnimalShelter.org.
“We know how important the Animal Shelter is to our community, and it is a priority for us to identify the best solution for a new shelter. It is our goal to continue to provide as many services as possible, give the animals the best standard of care, and ensure the safety of our community's people and animals,” shared Sheriff Landers.
Discussions have taken place over the past few years about where to best locate a new animal shelter building. Planning for emergency short-term and long-term solutions are taking place, and the county is open to ideas from the community. While plans are still unfolding about how to best provide services while keeping staff, animals, and the public safe, Animal Shelter Director Laura Braxling is available to answer questions regarding the closure and future plans at 541-265-0725 and firstname.lastname@example.org.