Tuolumne County Animal Control, Pet Rescue Populations Rising Amid Inflation, COVID | New


Animal control and pet rescue populations are growing at alarming rates in Tuolumne County and the Golden State due to rising cost of living, changes in people’s routines since the pandemic COVID-19 has eased and more people are returning to work, the county’s director of Animal Control and the founder of a leading nonprofit rescue organization said this week.

“Right now, at this point, we’ve taken in over 300 more animals than last year,” Mike Mazouch, director of Tuolumne County Animal Control, told the county board of supervisors at a town hall meeting Tuesday. . “It’s a growing trend that’s happening with the socio-economic issues that people are facing. Our population has increased by 300 people more than last year at the same time. I did these stats for June, so it’s even bigger now.

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