NEWPORT, Ore — Toxic levels of dangerous mold forced the Lincoln County Animal Shelter to close Tuesday, with no timetable to reopen.

Test results on Monday showed the mold in all areas of the shelter, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. The building has been deemed unsafe for people and animals.

Shelter staff are coordinating with other animal shelters to transfer the animals to different locations. They encourage anyone who is interested in fostering an animal to apply through the shelter’s website.

The building, located at 510 NE Harney St. in Newport, has been in disrepair for some time, authorities said.

Staff are working out of the emergency trailer parked in front of the shelter. They are caring for animals using personal protective equipment.

Discussions about short-term and long-term locations for a new animal shelter are ongoing, the sheriff’s office said.

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