State budget cuts shorten leash on Tahoe Vista animal shelter hours |

State budget cuts shorten leash on Tahoe Vista animal shelter hours

Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun

TAHOE VISTA, Calif. and#8212; The state’s budget problems are putting Placer County animal shelters on a tighter leash with a reduced public service schedule due to $141,000 in suspended funding.

Starting this week, both county animal shelters, located in Tahoe Vista and Auburn, will no longer be open to the public on Mondays. They will continue to operate Tuesday through Saturday.

According to a Placer County press release, the change stems from legislators opting to suspend funding for certain activities mandated by legislation enacted in 1998.

The Placer County Board of supervisors approved the new schedules at its April 6 meeting.

and#8220;This plan will help us stay within our budget and provide services in a way that best meets the needs of residents and their animals,and#8221; said Dr. Mark Starr, county director of community health, clinics and animal services.

Starr said animal control will not be affected because, while shelters will be closed to the public, animal control officers will continue normal service hours and#8212; responding to the 7,000 plus animal control calls they receive each year.

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Ana Piland, the Tahoe Vista animal shelter supervisor, said a caretaker is onsite to feed and watch the animals, and the shelter also has a volunteer program to help walk and play with the animals during the day.

and#8220;It’s a bummer for the animals because it’s less activity they’re going to get without volunteers to walk them or play with them,and#8221; she said.

Despite the lost day, Starr said the new schedule is designed to be as convenient as possible for the public and said that is why Monday hours were chosen over Saturday hours.

For information, contact the Tahoe Vista animal shelter at 530-546-1990 or the Auburn shelter at 530-886-5500.