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Placer supes to tour Tahoe, Truckee animal shelters prior to vote

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TAHOE VISTA, Calif. — The Placer County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to tour the Tahoe Vista and town of Truckee animal shelters on Monday.

According to the county, supervisors want to get a better understanding of each location prior to a Tuesday vote to potentially shutter the Tahoe Vista shelter and contract with Truckee to use its shelter.

The proposal to shift services comes after the county's analysis showed that the move to close the 42-year-old Tahoe Vista shelter would save roughly $100,000 a year and improve the care provided to the animals.

According to the county, that shelter no longer meets Humane Society standards, and replacing it would cost an estimated $5.6 million.

A grassroots group of locals have expressed concern that its closure would be devastating to animal care on the North Shore and be an inconvenience for those who'd have to drive to Truckee.

Based on its own assessment, the group is proposing a new 3,500-square-foot shelter at the tune of roughly $3 million for Tahoe Vista.

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If the board approves the contract with Truckee, animals now housed in Tahoe Vista would be housed at the Truckee shelter, and service by Placer County animal control officers would remain at current levels.

According to Placer County, supervisors will tour the Tahoe Vista shelter tour at 2:30 p.m. Monday and the Truckee shelter at 3:30 p.m.

The meeting where a vote likely will occur is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, at the Resort at Squaw Creek, at 400 Squaw Creek Road, Olympic Valley.