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Tuesday, Feb 26 2013 03:51 PM

Supervisors OK buying more pet microchips

BY JAMES BURGER Californian staff writer jburger@bakersfield.com

The Kern County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the purchase of thousands of pet identification microchips for the Kern County Animal Control Department -- a decision that was pushed back to give Animal Control Director Jen Woodard a chance to research questions about the cost of the chips.

On Tuesday supervisors peppered Woodard with questions before they authorized the purchase, after activist Liz Keogh once again questioned whether the $12-per-chip price the department was paying was too much.

She found the same chip online, she said, for less than $10 apiece.

Woodard said Animal Control is about to run out of chips and needs to approve the purchase through a purchase order it has open with a vendor, who has recently raised its price.

"Do we have to use the purchase order"" Supervisor David Couch asked.

"No," Woodard responded, acknowledging she hasn't researched some of the information Keogh found.

Maggard defended Woodard, saying Keogh sent the information late Monday. Woodard said she would look into finding cheaper chips.

Supervisor Leticia Perez thanked both Woodard and Keogh for their help making a low-cost spay-neuter day in Lamont happen on Sunday.

Kern County issued 159 new dog licenses, administered 163 rabies shots and 171 vaccines against pavlovians and implanted 151 microchips. The county also collected $975 in revenue.

The turnout at the event was so strong that workers were busy from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Workers ran out of vaccines twice.

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