BAKERSFIELD, CA -- Kern County Animal Control has a new active director following the termination of Jen Woodard.
County officials say the decision will not affect shelter duties and all animals will be housed at the new location October 1.
County officials say with Jen Woodard not running the animal shelter on Mount Vernon Avenue, they believe there is a positive element to her leaving.
Animal control staff are packing their belongings, preparing to move to a new location, a nearly three acre industrial property on Fruitvale Avenue.
"We have a lot of great people working for Kern County Animal Control in one capacity or another and I'm very confident that we will make this transition as best and easy as possible for everyone involved," said Active Director Shyanne Schull.
Schull is the new temporary Animal Control Director after Kern County Supervisors fired Jen woodard Tuesday afternoon.
"We believe that this is a good opportunity for Kern County to show and to demonstrate a new philosophy, a new approach for animal care not just animal control," said County Administrative Officer John Nilon.
During the supervisors meeting, there was also some discussion to contract services outside of the county to help maintain the county shelter.
It's a cost-effective proposal the board and animal control are considering.
"The animal control department is working on a referral to go back, look at the law, look at what must be provided by the county, what could be provided by contractors and determine whether or not there are contractors available out there who are willing to take this responsibility on," continued Nilon.
Shelter staff say after the city evicted them last month, more than 500 animals have been adopted and 270 animals have gone to rescues.
Animal control officials say they will continue to work hard during the transition to make sure as many animals are adopted as possible.
"That's why we're here, that's why we're fighting so hard to make this as easy and seamless as possible for the move and the transition. It's for the animals," said Schull.