RPD announces new Animal Control protocols

RPD announces new Animal Control protocolsRIDGECREST POLICE DEPARTMENT – The Ridgecrest Animal Care and Control Department has implemented new protocols as part of the ongoing COVID-19 response. These protocols are out of an abundance of caution to protect staff and the community at large.

These processes are meant as precautions to help prevent the possible spread of and exposure to COVID-19. The city of Ridgecrest continues working closely with the Kern County Department of Public Health, Governor Gavin Newsom’s office and the Centers of Disease Control with regards to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis; please see the Kern County Public Health website at kernpublichealth.com/2019-novel-coronavirus.

Effective Imediately:

Animal impounds will be limited to ...

• Stray aggressive

• Stray sick or injured

• Animal cruelty cases requiring immediate meddical care

Animal Care Center (Shelter) ...

• In order to observe prudent social-distancing guidelines, the Animal Care Shelter will be closed to non-essential operations, i.e. walk-in visitors or other foot traffic with no priority business

• All owner and stray surrenders will be suspended unless a dog or cat presents as a serious public-safety risk

Additional services still provided by appointment only; as available ...

• Lost/found

• Return to owner

• Adoptions (preview available animals on the “Ridgecrest Animal Shelter” Facebook page)

Appointments can be scheduled by calling 760-499-5190.

Story First Published: 2020-03-27