New county animal shelter opens

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) After a feud with the city of Bakersfield, the new Kern County Animal Services opened its doors Tuesday.

After moving Sunday, there are about 300 animals settled in ready for adoption.

Richard Graff walked in just to see the new location on Fruitvale Avenue.

"I don't know whether I'm going to adopt today or not," Graff said, "but I just wanted to check things out."

He walked out with two new kittens.

Nick Cullen of Animal Services described the first day of operations as hectic.

"It's been controlled chaos," he said. "Everybody's excited to have a new facility and a fresh start."

Last month, the county was forced to move from the facility it shared with the city on South Mount Vernon Avenue. The city evicted the county after an operational split, and the city will operate its own facility in conjunction with the SPCA and Bakersfield Homeless Center.

"It's been rough," said Cullen. "It's been about 30 days of putting your nose to the grindstone."

He said the new high-tech facility has more space and will be beneficial to the animals.

"It's sort of putting the pieces of the puzzle together to see what works," said Cullen.