Faulkner County Judge Jim Baker closed on the county's animal shelter Thursday afternoon.

The site, located on South German Lane, is around 1.1 acres and includes the 11,000-square-foot former workforce building. It appraised for $700,000 and the county paid $500,000. The money came from the animal shelter fund that is derived from a 1.5-mill voluntary tax that was passed in 2005.

"We think it's a big day," Baker said, standing in front of the county's new animal shelter minutes after closing the deal Thursday.

Baker met with Milestones Services, Inc. Executive Director Teresa Little at 2 p.m. Thursday to close the deal on the property.

For ceremonial purposes, the two met in front of the now-Faulkner County Animal Shelter after Baker officially closed on the property on the county's behalf.

The purchase was approved 12-0, with Justice of the Peace Dan Thessing absent, during the November quorum court meeting.

"Our county is proud of this. Plus, it joins the rest of our property," Baker said Thursday, pointing to the Faulkner County Justice Building, which sits adjacent to the animal shelter at 510 S. German Lane.

Little said she and her staff were sad to leave the site but happy to help the county take this step forward.

"We're sorry we had to close the program, but if we had to, we're happy the county's able to use [this space]," she said.

The county plans to remodel the building after the animal control fund has adequate money to cover operation costs.