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Displaced Big Island residents upset by shelter air quality, cited for staying at public beach

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HONOLULU (KITV) -

Some Leilani Estates residents forced from their homes face more challenges.

Big Island police cited one woman who decided to camp at Laupahoehoe Beach Park, with her dog for not having permits. She refused to go to a pet-friendly shelter because she says the air quality is bad.

"When I say where do we go with our dogs? They say 'Pahoa, Keeau that's all. But we cannot breathe,'" said Michelle, a displaced resident of the Big Island.

Another resident on the Big Island, Tara Sanchez, asks for lighter restrictions for those displaced.

"To me, it should be that the state should give them some kind of pass instead of giving them fines. It's not right, because they are victims," said Sanchez.    

She hopes county officials allow displaced residents to keep their pets with them.

Hawaii county police department had no comment.

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