Mojave Animal Shelter to close under budget proposal

FILE - A dog is seen Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at the Kern County Animal Services shelter in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Octavio Flores)

The Kern County Animal Services submitted its budget proposal April 16, suggesting the closure of the Mojave Animal Shelter.

Officials tell Eyewitness News the shelter's closure is in consideration because it meets the 2018-19 fiscal budget guidelines for reducing costs.

Director Nick Cullen said the property is owned by the Mojave Airport, and the lease ends in 2019.

Cullen has also stated that the Mojave Airport and KCAS has not come to an agreement on the extension of that lease.

However, if the location closes, he said all services would be provided out of the Bakersfield location or Lake Isabella location.

Still, the budget proposal includes a potential closure of both the Bakersfield and Lake Isabella shelters for an additional day per week.

The Mojave Animal Shelters status be discussed during the Kern County Board of Supervisors meeting on June 26.

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