Now that the county has parted ways with the city's animal shelter, confusion remains over what location to take strays.
Each shelter location requires you to provide proof of your home address, whether you live in Kern County, or the city of Bakersfield.
But what if you're a Bakersfield resident and find a stray within county limits?
I spoke to county and city officials.. to clear up the confusion.
"If an animal is brought in by a resident of the city to the county shelter, well then the county should take that animal in, and work with the city, to make a clear policy that ultimately benefits the welfare of that animal," said Kern Co. 5th District Supervisor Leticia Perez.
City council members recognize the public's confusion and also the fact that the city and county have not been getting along about housing the animals.
"For me, the most important thing is addressing how many dogs and cats we have loose and stranded on the streets, and we're not going to be able to reduce that number unless we work together, partner together, make sure that we're doing the same type of work," said Bakersfield City Councilman Willie Rivera.
Supervisors say that Kern County is notoriously known for euthanizing more animals than most places- killing over 60 percent of the animals they take in- and they'd like to see that statistic change.
Again, county supervisors say if you do find a stray, you are encouraged to take it to the animal shelter closest to you, no matter where you live.
Supervisors will be meeting on Tuesday about the issue.
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