Stray dogs biggest problem for Bakersfield Animal Control officers

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Bakersfield Animal Control says they only have six officers to patrol the entire city of Bakersfield, and they have to respond to about 1,300 calls a month about stray animals.

Senior Bakersfield Animal Control officer Sandra Alvarez says they respond to calls about deceased or injured animals, animal cruelty, dog versus dog reports and dog bite injuries.

Stray dogs are the biggest problem for Animal Control officers, but they say the city's low cost rabies clinic is helping to bring the number of strays down.

In January, they reported 286 strays found, and in February there were 229.

Alvarez suggests getting your dog a microchip to help officers return the dog to you if it were to go missing.

If you live in Bakersfield city limits, the next clinic to get your pet spayed, neutered, or microchipped will be held on April 5 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Martin Luther King Park.

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