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When the Southern Brazoria County Animal Shelter in Lake Jackson opened in August 2003, 20 animals — 12 cats and eight dogs — took up residence on its first day. Officials expected the “state-of-the-art facility” created jointly by the SPCA and cities of Lake Jackson, Freeport and Clute to be able to accommodate the animal control needs in the region. The animal count Thursday afternoon, however, stood at more than 400 animals.