PHOTO ESSAY: Choice & Consequence

BEST FRIENDS FOREVER: Monica Villa plays around with her dog ‘Dori-Fish’ on the ground near the Union Pacific railroad tracks that border the encampment where Villa and anywhere from 10 to 15 people stay most nights. Critics of the makeshift living space have complained about roaming dogs in the area causing safety concerns. Villa says her Dori-Fish; a Brindle pit bull; is harmless; playful and kept on a leash most of the time. (TIMES PHOTO BY LEONARDO ALVAREZ)

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