Columbia County animal control using mist fans to find relief

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Columbia County officials say they had to take extraordinary measures this week to cool down some hot dogs.

The air-conditioning system in the kennels at Animal Care and Control failed.

To compensate for the excess heat, Animal Control borrowed from Fleet Management large fans that spray a mist of water and set them up in the kennels. The fans reduced the temperatures by 10 degrees, keeping it below the maximum allowed temperature of 85 degrees, county Emergency and Operations Director Pam Tucker said.

“Also, a kennel tech yesterday put some water in the little duck pond, little pools, with the puppies and they loved it,” Mrs. Tucker said today.

Mrs. Tucker said repairs to the air conditioners should be complete by Monday at the latest.

“It’s a really old building, so things go out like that all the time,” Mrs. Tuckers of Animal Control’s nearly 20-year-old building off Columbia Road. “It was just such a bad time of year for that to happen. It’s been really hot this past week.”

Next year, Animal Control likely will move into a new 12,000-square-foot facility on Chamblin Road. The $2.3 million building was approved as part of a 1-cent sales tax package by voters in November.

“We’re already meeting with an architect to lay out the interior of it,” Mrs. Tucker said. “They’re already presenting preliminary sketches. We’re moving fast on it.”


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