Kern County animal shelter move on hold

Kern County animal shelter move on hold
A dog in seen in January 2012 at the Kern County Animal Control shelter. (File photo)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Kern County supervisors on Tuesday postponed a vote to relocate its animal shelter.

The present shelter at 201 S. Mt. Vernon Ave. has been in use since 1978 and has outlived its usefulness, some county officials contend. The building is also owned by the city of Bakersfield, and the city and county have been at odds over the cost of a renewed lease.

A proposed new location at 1901 E. Brundage Lane, about a mile from the current shelter, is a two-story warehouse and would allow animals to be kept completely indoors. It would also provide the county with new opportunities in how to house animals.

Supervisors were expected to approve the move during their Tuesday session but postponed the vote until July 17 to consider a last-minute offer from the city, according to county spokesman Allan Krauter.