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Kern County Looks At Options After Animal Control Booted From Bakersfield Facility

Aug 27, 2013

Kern County offices in downtown Bakersfield (file)
Credit Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

Last week the conflict that’s been brewing for months between the City of Bakersfield and Kern County over the city owned animal control facility that the two have shared for years finally boiled over. On Wednesday, the city told the county it has 40 days to move out.

This comes after negotiations for a two year extension of the current arrangement fell apart. The dispute of course goes back to money, and just who was shouldering more of the bill for the region’s pet overpopulation problem at the city owned facility on Mt. Vernon Avenue.

Kern County's Animal Control Director Jen Woodard and County Administrative Officer John Nilon joined us on Valley Edition to talk about the county's plans to house animals in temporary portable kennels, and eventually move to a permanent solution. We talked about no kill, the county's relationship with Bakersfield City Manager Alan Tandy and how concerned residents can help.