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Lava evacuees cited for lack of camping permits

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Leilani Estates residents forced out of their community face more challenges. Big Island Police cited one woman who chose to camp with her dog at Laupahoehoe Beach Park north of Hilo for not having permits. She says she refuses to go to a pet-friendly shelter because the air quality is bad. 

"To me, it should be that the state should give (displaced lava residents with pets) some kind of pass instead of giving them fines because it's not right. They are victims," says Tara Sanchez, a Big Island resident. 

Sanchez says she hopes county officials will allow displaced residents to keep their pets with them. Hawaii County Police Department had no comment. 

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