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I am a shelter supporter and firmly believe that our county needs and deserves a large, modern facility that will be comfortable and pleasant for animals as well as people. After giving this latest proposal a lot of thought though, I cannot support this location. I feel sorry for the shelter coalition as they are relegated to making the most out of whatever bones the county throws, and I challenge anyone who reads the project timeline to feel anything other than frustration and compassion for these hardworking and dedicated volunteers. But because the new shelter is intended to house all animals, large and small, this site on Capitol Avenue will surely prove inadequate as soon as we break ground.
There have been several outlandishly disagreeable statements made in order to convince the public of the county’s due diligence in this matter, but for the sake of brevity, here’s one to chew on: In the 1,805 square miles that El Dorado County encompasses, this 2 acres is the only viable option.