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Wednesday, Jan 08 2014 01:50 PM

'First Look': Columnist Henry talks about dead animals on the side of the road

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    Californian columnist Lois Henry, left, and Julie Johnson, center, from the Bakersfield SPCA and Bakersfield Animal Control talk about everything from spay/neuter efforts to animals available for adoption on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Animals dumped along the side of the road. It sounds like a horror story but the bodies of about 18 dogs, one cat and a rooster were found Tuesday along East Pacheco Road.

"Some dogs were in decomposition states," Californian columnist Lois Henry said Wednesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

Some had visible bites and tear wounds, while others were decomposed to the point any injuries weren't clear. Henry said the cause of death could be related to dog fighting.

Bakersfield SPCA director Julie Johnson, who also runs the city's shelter on Mount Vernon Avenue, said it was hard to pinpoint exactly how long the animals had been dumped near East Pacheco or the cause, but she made it clear the problem exists.

"If you know this one area has become popular for this, there is something going on and we have to figure out what it is," Johnson said.

Henry and Johnson agreed that leaving dead animals on the side of the road is inhumane and disgusting.

"Animals are living creatures that you need to care for with kindness and parents need to teach their children that," Johnson said.

In an effort to decrease the number of animals roaming the streets, Johnson said the city is looking at a spay/neuter program that targets specific areas of the city.

The program would look at demographic data and once an area is selected as a target, officials would inform residents in that area about spay/neuter programs and offer assistance to get animals fixed, Johnson said.

Additionally, Johnson and Henry announced a new "Pet of the Week" segment that will be shown at 8 a.m. Fridays on "First Look." It will feature animals that can be adopted.

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