County to Take Over Responsibility of Indio Shelter
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INDIO - The Indio City Council decided on whether the Animal Care Center in Indio should be handled by the county instead of the city. It was this time last year, members of the city council decided to keep the Animal Care Center open in Indio. Wednesday, they voted to go into a contract with the county that will make the county the agency in charge of the shelter. This vote will essentially force the shelter to close its doors. For some, this vote has people wondering, what will happen to the animals already in the shelter? Some think many of the animals will be euthanized. "Very concerned there will be more killing when they transition them to the County of Riverside,” says Lisa Blodgett. She used to volunteer at the shelter. "I saw filthiness. I saw neglect. I saw puppies and kittens only fed once a day,” says Blodgett.
Currently, the Indio Police Department is the agency in charge of the shelter and they are all for the county taking over. The vote was four to one with Mayor Elaine Holmes casting the only nay. "We could have worked a little bit more in coming up with a hybrid situation. The goal is to adopt out as many animals as we can before they are moved,” says Holmes.
Starting July 1st, the Animal Care Center will stop taking in new animals and begin the transition to the center in Thousand Palms. They will have 60 days to complete the transition. "There's only so much space there and there are so many homeless dogs,” says Blodgett.
While that may be true, the Indio Police Department says they have a plan in action that will allow for every animal currently at the Indio location to find a home and not be put down. "We have a plan in place to foster and adopt out all the animals that our at our shelter so that no animals will have to be transitioned. The goal is to have all those animals adopted out before the transition to the county,” says Chief of Police in Indio Richard Twiss.