Supervisors explore how to spend funds dedicated to spay, neuter program

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Supervisors have allocated $250,000 toward improving spay-and-neuter services across Kern County. The question is, how do they spend it?

If one thing was clear Tuesday morning at the county supervisors' meeting, it was that animal advocates are working hard to spay and neuter dogs and cats.

Animal lovers like Liz Keogh explained the impact the program has on animal control efforts.

"The less animals that come in, the fewer that are killed," Keogh said.

Seeing a massive demand, county supervisors had previously allocated $250,000 to improve efforts, but how and where the money would be spent was a wrinkle that still needed to be ironed out.

One of the biggest issues to tackle seemed to be a problem of access.

"The one piece is transportation into Bakersfield or to local vets from areas that don't have vets, like Lamont, there is no vet," a speaker said during public comment time Tuesday morning.

Supervisors approved a plan that will create a subcommittee of interested parties to establish how to distribute the funds.

Interim animal control director sees it as a step to the overall goal.

"Spaying and neutering animal is the answer to ending over-population in our community," said Shyanne Schull.