EL PASO -- The founder of a local animal cruelty organization says she will continue her mission to stop animal abuse despite the organization's recent decision to close its shelter.

Jessie Miller, founder and executive director of Animal Cruelty Heartline of El Paso, or ACHE, announced last week that the organization's shelter at 6750 Westside in the Upper Valley will close in 45 days.

The shelter had 18 dogs still available for adoption when the announcement was made, but only seven remained Tuesday.

Miller, who founded ACHE in 2006, said the decision was made so that the organization could concentrate on dealing with animal cruelty cases and on urging enforcement of state cruelty laws. The organization is no longer able to support the shelter financially, she said.

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