The Kern County Planning Staff released their recommendation to the county yesterday and things don't look good for TIA and her goon squad on March 10.
Next up: Public Health Services
On 02/03/11, an attempt was made to inspect the property but due to poor weather conditions I was forced to reschedule.
On 2/14//11 at approximately 11 :00 a.m,. I conducted an inspection at 17000 Snowshoe Lane, Tehachapi, California, 93561. This location is the proposed location for a rescue requesting a 100 dog limit. The majority of the property is located in a mountainous area located in the Tehachapi Mountains.
At the time of inspection, there were no signs of kennels, fencing that may be used to secure animals, septic trenches for cleaning, or the presence of an electricity source. This property is vacant of utilities for use to support a water system. This property had a single-family dwelling, a workshop about 25 feet by 50 feet, and a C-train that will only be accessible by 4-wheel drive in poor weather conditions. In its current condition, this property is not adequate for properly housing animals.
Inspection - 36420 Anthony Road, Santa Clarita, California, 91390
On, 02/24/2011, at approximately 12:45 p.m, I conducted an inspection of the property where Torres currently resides. Torres indicated that there were approximately 100 rescued pit bulls located at 36420 Anthony Road, Santa Clarita, California, 91390. The property had minimal incline with pea gravel laid throughout the property. The kennels were constructed in a manner to avoid her dogs from digging out, climbing over, or eating though the fencing. There were also exterior fence lines in place to avoid dogs from escaping. Each dog was housed in a separate kennel, with a doghouse, fresh bedding, water, and clean pea gravel. During my inspection, I noted there was no smell of urine or fecal matter in the dogs kennel areas. Each dog was housed appropriately by dogs they were compatible with to avoid fence fighting. I observed the dogs to be of healthy weight, void of any illness, and friendly to my interactions.
During my inspection, Torres stated they remove feces daily and it is taken to the local landfill. Bedding is washed on a continual basis, and soiled bedding is kept in bags until it is washed. Dog dishes and water bowls were cleaned daily. I found the construction of this property ideal for her rescue, and had minimal concern over land erosion.
After reviewing the proposed site plan submitted to the Kern County Planning Commission for consideration of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP), the Division cannot support the amount of dogs requested by Tones. Based on the size of the residence, workshop, and property design Kern County Animal Control can only support the movement of 15 dogs at this time. This is only after kennels are in place inside the workshop, outside of weather conditions. A cleaning policy would need to be in place for hosing of the cement to drain into a septic system. Utilities would also need to be provided for heating, cooling, cleaning, and daily animal needs. The Division recommends that not more than 15 dogs be approved by the Kern County Planning Department for the size of the building currently on the property. If the dogs are housed in building currently on the property, it will require an adequate air purification system that can eliminate ammonia, ventilation to prevent drafts, heating and cooling adequate for the building must be water resistant and meet the other specifications contained in Kern County Ordinances pertaining to the regulating of animals. (Attached)
The following recommendation is based on my training and experience, the laws of California and the Kern County ordinances pertaining to animal care and control and is as follows. The Division recommends Torres continue with adoptions to reduce her number of dogs through adoptions to reach the recommended 15 pit bulls. This number is exclusionary to her personal pets. Torres stated she is currently successful in reducing her numbers and at this time there is no indication that assistance would be needed to accomplish this goal.
When all Kern County Ordinances pertaining to animal care have been met to support the number of dogs requested on the original Conditional Use Permit (CUP), the Division will revisit the request from Tia Torres to allow for more than 15 dogs.
Officer J. Sugg AC032
Kern County Animal Control
Attachments: Los Angeles Animal Control Reports
Photographs taken at 36240 Anthony Road, Santa Clarita, California, 91390
Kern County Ordinance Code - Animal Regulations