BY JAMES BURGER Californian staff writer email@example.com
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a plan to close the Kern County Animal Control shelter on South Mount Vernon Avenue Saturday and Monday as the department prepares to move to a new facility on Fruitvale Avenue.
"We intend to resume full operations at the Fruitvale Avenue site on the first of October (Tuesday)," said Interim Animal Control Director Shyanne Schull.
The public will be able to drop off animals throughout the move -- though where they do it will change over the weekend.
Animals will be accepted at the South Mount Vernon Avenue shelter through Saturday, Schull said. The Fruitvale site will be open to receive animals from the public on Monday.
Nilon said the city of Bakersfield, which will be launching its own shelter system in the Mount Vernon facility, will not be up and running for several days after the county moves out.
He said he is working on an agreements with the city to detail how city animals will be handled during the transition.
Schull also said that to mark the change, Kern County Animal Control will change its name to "Kern County Animal Services."
The change will remove the "negative connotations" of the word "control."