Animals rescued from Kern County floodwaters

Posted at 10:49 AM, Feb 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-22 13:49:01-05

Several animals have been rescued following floodwaters in Kern County's South Valley area, County Animal Services said Wednesday.

Animal Control and the Kern County Sheriff's Office, along with KCSO's Search and Rescue Team, helped rescue the animals, including several livestock, on Tuesday.

"Several cows were stuck in their pens, up to their chests in water and mud," said Kern County Animal Services Director Nick Cullen. "Assistance from a group of volunteer ranchers was brought in to rope the animals and pull them out of their pens."

Some of the animals have been taken to Animal Services in Bakersfield for treatment, and the owners have made arrangements to relocate other animals that were rescued.

Cullen said the area -- located around Bear Mountain Boulevard and Adobe Road -- is known to flood, but recent rains have created especially dangerous conditions.

"Basically, that property is in a flood plain. It's a low spot. So when the water comes off of Poso Creek, it floods that area out," Cullen said.

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