Kern County eyes new, larger animal shelter

Kern County eyes new, larger animal shelter »Play Video
A dog in seen in January 2012 at the Kern County Animal Control shelter. (File photo)
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — If all goes as planned, Kern County Animal Control will be moving to a new and much larger location.

"The overriding principal is providing a safer, healthier environment for the animals that we care for," said Matt Constantine, director of Kern County Public Health Services.

The present shelter at 201 S. Mt. Vernon Ave. has been in use since 1978 and has outlived its usefulness.

The proposed new location sits at 1901 E. Brundage Lane, about one mile away from the current shelter. It is a two-story warehouse and is a completely indoor facility. It will provide the county with new opportunities in how to house animals.

Cost for the lease of the new facility is $310,000 a year. The Kern County Board of Supervisors is expected to discuss and approve the new location at its next board meeting on Tuesday.