Did Animal Hoarder Kimi Peck Finally Open Up Kern County’s Eyes to Animal Hoarding?

Scrivner suggests county might consider limits on animals By: Carin Enovijas and Claudia Elliott Wednesday, March 9, 2011 – 12:50 Should Kern County have limits on the number of animals that may be kept on premises in unincorporated areas? The issue was given cursory consideration by county supervisors in 2009, after Animal Control became flooded with barking dog complaints and animal welfare concerns associated with the 200 dogs that were then housed in a Water Canyon home by controversial rescuer turned hoarder, Kimi Peck. More than a year later, approximately 150 animals were removed by Animal Control from Peck’s rented Bear Valley home after her long-time supporter and landlord, Susan Marlowe, evicted her from the same property once occupied by convicted animal abuser Cynthia Gudger. Kern County 2nd District Supervisor Zack Scrivner said he has had “informal discussions” with the planning director about efforts to establish animal limits within the county. “It’s something that the board as a whole needs to give direction to staff to analyze and to come back with a recommendation,” Scrivner said. Limits should be based on acreage, he said, “also taking into account what type of facilities are on that site.” Scrivner said it’s not a “one-size-fits-all” issue, as the diversity of Kern County’s urban and rural areas accommodate different zoning and land uses.


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