By Associated Press - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Orange County officials have approved a plan to build a $35 million animal shelter to replace the 75-year-old facility that grand jury reports and activists have criticized as being understaffed and poorly run.

The Orange County Register reports ( the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously passed land-swap and construction deals for the new shelter at the former Tustin Marine Corps Air Station.

Now 18 cities have three weeks to decide whether they’ll fund its construction and contract with the new 50,000-square-foot facility for the next decade.

The newspaper says some cities have already opted out. Last month, Rancho Santa Margarita and Laguna Hills parted ways with the county shelter and contracted with Mission Viejo. Leaders said the option would provide superior services with lower euthanasia rates.


Information from: The Orange County Register,

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