Sump frequent site of cat dumping

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On Wednesday night, Karen Morales and a friend were walking near a county sump on West China Grade Loop when they saw a woman breaking the law.

"This lady had the 2-by-4," explained Morales. "There was three or four cats, and she was scooting them right in, one by one."

As it was happening, Morales pulled out her cell phone and started recording. Because she was so far away and it was late in the evening the video is hard to see, but a vehicle and someone standing by the fence can be seen.

Morales adds, "I was going to talk to her, but by the time I wanted to she was gone."

A closer look at the area where the woman was abandoning the kittens reveals dozens of cardboard boxes and cat food, which indicates this is not recent activity.

Morales says it's been going on for months, "I've seen her do it about four times."

That woman isn't the only one, she says.

"Random people coming up and throwing their cats there. They think this is the area where (you) put cats, and they'll take care of themselves."

But that isn't happening.

A cat's decaying remains can be found sitting just next to the sump area.

Morales is disgusted by the whole situation.

"I just want to throw up," she says. "It makes me sick to see dead cats lying around."

According to Guy Shaw, director of the Kern County Animal Shelter, there is a better place for the unwanted felines.

"You don't release them into the wild. You don't abandon them into a sump," he says. "They need to bring them (to the shelter). It doesn't cost any money and, yeah, there's a chance they might be euthanized, but at the same chance they might be rescued out and they're going to be adopted, too."

Shaw says that strays are a huge problem in Kern County. About 21,000 to 22,000 strays are brought into the shelter every year.

Even though dumping and abandoning animals is illegal, he says legal action can really only be taken if the person abandoning the animal is physically caught in the act.

The shelter will be keeping an eye on that area for any future dumping, but Shaw adds there's another way to fix the problem.

"If people were spaying and neutering their animals we'd have a lot less of this happening," Shaw says.

To help stop the dumping or abandoning of animals, Shaw advises that you get as much information about the person doing it such as getting a physical description, time of day it happened and a license plate number. And make sure you report the crime to the county shelter or your local law enforcement agency.