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County grapples with overhaul of animal shelters
County grapples with overhaul of animal shelters

The stocky Chihuahua mix strained at his collar, unhinged by the cacophony of yelps coming from the Downey animal shelter's kennels. The young man at the other end of the leash was equally unsettled. Clearly he had misgivings about leaving Charlie in this shabby place, where his pet would have about a 1 in 3 chance of getting out alive. Charlie was entering a system in flux. Last month, an assessment of the whole shelter system by the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control cited kennels with no cooling systems in the summer, bad roofs and plumbing, and cramped medical facilities. At one shelter, a freezer used to store dead animals leaked. Officials, including...

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