BAKERSFIELD, CA -- The Kern County Animal Shelter says it's receiving calls from people around the country, wanting to help transition hundreds of animals before it's evicted next month.
And, while shelter staff look for housing options, the director for county animal control is taking jabs at the city.
Thursday night, the feud seemed to get worse.
Kern County's Animal Control director posted her comments on Facebook, and on Friday, the city responded.
"For us, for this department, we are planning to be moving out September 30," said Kern County Animal Control Director Jen Woodard.
That's when the county's lease with the city expires.
Wednesday, the city sent an eviction notice to county officials.
The shelter is required to move every animal and find a new place to operate, a challenge, county officials say, is unheard of.
"Although the city stands by their statements that we should have known this was coming, I personally and I as a representative of this department did not see this coming," said Woodard.
Shelter staff say the big issue is moving nearly 900 animals to an unknown place.
Staff say one possibility would be temporarily housing the animals at the Kern County Fairgrounds.
"Our soul focus is on the animals. We want to make sure they're healthy and safe during the transition and wherever we end up, we really want to make sure we have enough space for them and we have enough help to make this transition," continued Woodard.
But Woodard isn't happy about this transition.
Thursday night, she posted to Facebook, "We are sure city animal control officers will "sweep" days before to ensure that we are slam-packed with stray animals that become our issue and not theirs on October 1. Nasty!"
"We're just considering that could potentially be something they're directed to do and we want to be prepared," said Woodard.
The post also stated the SPCA turned its back on the county shelter.
Friday afternoon, Steven Teglia, Assistant to the City Manager, responded with this comment, "Ms. Woodard's statements are inaccurate, irresponsible, unprofessional and slanderous of both the city and the SPCA.
It is clear Ms. Woodard's comments were designed to elicit an emotional reaction through false accusations. The city will continue to provide animal control services in a normal manner and has no plans to conduct a sweep or otherwise purposely increase the number of animals that are taken to the shelter."