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‘We see it every year’: Local animal shelters see surge of abandoned pets

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Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 6:21 am, Fri Dec 24, 2010.

Walking with her right shoulder against the wall to help her navigate the adoption office of the Lodi Animal Shelter, a blind Australian shepherd mix named Patience waits for a new owner and home. The 9-year-old dog was found on West Lockeford Street recently after the previous owner presumably dumped her.

Patience is a symbol for a common trend around the holidays: Older cats and dogs turning up at shelters because people can’t afford to pay for their rising medical costs or are making space for new, younger pets.

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