UPLAND (CBSLA.com) — A shelter in Upland announced Tuesday that animals may need to be euthanized due to drastic budget cuts.

During a meeting that was held on Monday night, the City Council approved a $300,000 funding cut for a shelter in Upland Memorial Park on San Bernardino Road, as part of a proposed $43 million budget.

Animal activists argued the budget cuts would lower two-thirds of the shelter’s funding, subsequently making it a high-kill shelter.

“The cutting is so deep, its 40 percent of our budget,” said shelter supervisor John Knowlton.

However, Mayor Ray Musser stressed that the drastic budget cut was a result of a need to hire more police officers to protect the growing community.

“We have six police officers on a shift, so therefore that’s not adequate,” Musser added. “We need at least probably one or two more per shift.”

According to Musser, the city is in need of money as all other areas of the budget have seen severe cuts and there are no other areas to draw funds from.

A committee made up of city staff and community members has been formed to develop a plan to deal with these budget cuts over the next three to four months.

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