(ANIMAL SHELTERS/PETS) CALIFORNIA — Last month, the city of Bakersfield put forth a plan to remove its county, Kern, from the city-owned animal shelter. The city wants the county out of the shelter by the end of September, leaving many residents concerned over the hundreds of displaced animals left by the eviction. To combat rumors, Jen Woodard, the director of Kern County’s Animal Control, held a press conference on Friday to assure citizens the county has no intentions to euthanize any of the shelter animals. Continue reading below to find when Kern County expects a new facility, and what people are doing to help the shelter. — Global Animal
Kern County Animal Control director Jen Woodard held a press conference Friday to dispel a social media rumor that her group will euthanize hundreds of animals before it moves to a new facility.
A Bakersfield-Kern County pact will expire Sept. 30, and the city is evicting the county from the city-owned animal shelter on South Mt. Vernon Avenue. For years, the county has handled animal control operations for both the county and city, while using the city-owned shelter.
Bakersfield announced late last month that it’s launching its own animal control operation amid bickering between the two government entities over costs and functions. That left the county animal control agency scrambling for a new home.
A rumor started circulating on social media sites that the county would kill any animal it couldn’t adopt before the move. The rumor spread beyond Kern County, as seen in a Twitter post from pop music star Ke$ha.
Woodard said Friday that there’s no truth to the rumor, although she credited the rumor with a positive side effect – a spike in willing adopters.
Eyewitness News talked to one person from Hanford and another from Long Beach who came to the Kern County Animal Shelter after hearing the rumor of mass euthanasia.
To help lighten the load, however, Kern County Animal Control has dropped dog adoptions to $15 and cat adoptions to $5. Woodard said she currently has about 630 animals in the shelter.
As for a new home, Woodard said she hopes the county’s Board of Supervisors will approve a facility next week. Four locations are currently in the running, with one on Fruitvale and one on East Brundage. Eyewitness news is seeking information on the other two possible sites.