New Animal Shelter Site Upsets Residents

By: Tim Saunders
By: Tim Saunders

Tucked away in the Goodrich Road neighborhood, you'll find ranch style houses, an old country church, and soon a new neighbor: The Page County Animal Shelter.

"Putting a Dog Animal Shelter in a residential area is just ridiculous," says Delmas Buracker, who lives in the Goodrich Road area.

Supervisors voted four to one to put the facility next to the Stanley Community Center. Supervisor Charles Ballard voted against the measure, saying a better location would have been west of Luray.

Folks on Goodrich Road say anywhere would be better. "I've got a list here of every county in Virginia, and virtually all of them locate their animal shelters at the landfill," says Mike Dean, who lives on Goodrich Road.

The current facility is actually at the site of the old Stanley Landfill. That area was ruled out because of Methane leaks. Supervisors looked at buying other land, but as board member Carol Lee Fischer-Strickler put it, their priority is with the schools, and they plan to save their money for that.

"The supervisors is not listening to the people. They're listening to certain interest groups," says Buracker.


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