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'There's a Great Sense of Personal Loss': Dog Training Clubs Pushed Out of Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

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    Two dog-training clubs face uncertain futures in the South Bay. Pete Suratos reports. (Published Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015)

    Two dog-training clubs face uncertain futures in the South Bay.

    The clubs are being forced to look for a new location after the place they train at, Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, is drastically raising the cost of doing business at the site.

    Santa Clara County Fairgrounds previously charged the Santa Clara Dog Training Club nearly $300 to use the site on Tuesdays. But after nearly 60 years of training at the fairgrounds, the clubs is being asked to pay close to $3,000 to continue at the site.

    "I think the county forgot what animals mean," said Louie Urbina of the Santa Clara Dog Training Club. "What animals at the fairgrounds mean -- fair...grounds!"

    For the Town and Country Dog Training Club, they were told to move to a backlot of the fairgrounds or they would have to leave as well. The club declined the offer, saying there is not enough lighting to train the dogs.

    "Dog training and this club has become a large part of my life, so there's a great sense of personal loss," said John Maher, Town and Country Dog Club.

    Both clubs will hold session at the fairgrounds until December.

    NBC Bay Area reached out to the fairgrounds for comment, but have yet to hear back.

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