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Discussion by 2 North County cities could delay plans for new SLO County animal shelter

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San Luis Obispo County is moving closer to finalizing plans for a new animal shelter, but the project could be delayed by the two cities contributing the most money to the project. 

"Our position and our perspective is that, collectively, the county and the cities are all best served remaining unified and benefiting from an economy of scale where we are all making shared used of the same resources," said Dr. Eric Anderson, San Luis Obispo County Animal Services. 

In February, seven cities agreed to help chip in for the new San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter at a price tag of around $14 million. The county hopes to open the new shelter by the year 2020, but the mayors of Paso Robles and Atascadero say they'll be asking the county to delay those plans.

"The cost is just incredibly high at $485,000 a year. That could pay for three police officers or three firemen or all sorts of services the city requires at this point in time," said Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin.  

He says postponing the plans will give Paso Robles and Atascadero time to look into the possibility of building a north county shelter.

"It's only rational and it's only fair to constituents to fully study that possibility before committing to this high cost countywide solution," Martin said. 

Paso Robles and Atascadero together account for more than a third of all animal nights incurred at the San Luis Obispo County shelter. That's why they were asked to pay the most.

Right now, Dr. Anderson says he isn't too concerned about the cities exploring the idea of a north county shelter.

"It would be the most responsible thing for them to do, to look at what are the cost benefits analysis and try to figure out what the best options for their communities are," he said.

Plans for the new animal shelter are set to be discussed at the next County Board of Supervisors meeting on Sept. 19.

If Paso Robles and Atascadero do plan on backing out on the deal, this could affect how much money the other cities are expected to pay and when the new shelter could open.

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