San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus closing its doors

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SAN JACINTO (CNS) - The San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus will be shut down in less than two weeks because of budget constraints, and stray, aggressive or lost pets will in the future be impounded at other facilities, the Riverside County Department of Animal Services announced Thursday. ``Every county department faced budget cuts and difficult decisions,'' agency Director Julie Bank said. ``We didn't want to close the San Jacinto shelter, but the budget pinch means we will be eliminating positions. We cannot operate that shelter after staffing levels continue to be eliminated.'' The shelter officially will be shuttered on July 13, though officials said it may still be activated for emergencies, such as during wildfires, when it will be turned into a temporary repository for evacuated pet
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