The tiff between the city of Bakersfield and the county of Kern over their respective contributions to their joint animal control operation inspired some observers to advocate for peace and harmony based on the fear that a divorce would create service redundancies taxpayers shouldn't have to spring for.

Turns out their divorce will be worse than expected. In a tit-for-tat move, Kern County supervisors have directed their animal control workers to accept only animals turned in by county residents. Since the city has refused to support a county-proposed animal exchange program and will accept animals only from people who show proof of city residence, folks who take their animals to the wrong shelter will have to drive all the way across the city to the other facility. Some people will do that, of course, but how many will simply drop that dog or cat on the next street corner? This childish behavior will inconvenience residents and exacerbate our problems with strays.