UPDATE 03/11/11: On March 10, the Kern County Planning Commission voted 5-0 to deny a conditional use permit to Tia Torres, star of Animal Planet's "Pit Bulls and Parolees" TV show. Torres had hoped to relocate her 100 plus pit bull compound to a 20-acre parcel in the Old West Ranch area of Tehachapi. The denial comes shortly after the commission's staff report was released describing the negative health and safety issues that could arise by approving the permit.
Blogger Craven Desires watched the public hearing online and offers more insights.
03/05/11: The Tehachapi Backdrop
Tehachapi, CA - A recent storm that whipped through Tehachapi -- fueled by the actions of "Pit Bulls and Parolees" star Tia Torres -- may soon be winding down. To quickly summarize the dizzying ordeal, upon learning that Torres planned to move her 100 plus pit bull compound and parolee fan club to the area, the president of the Old West Ranch Property Owners Association sent a letter to neighbors urging them to weigh in against Torres' relocation plan.
After receiving a leaked copy of the letter, Torres responded by issuing an "urgent plea" to the rabid pit bull community and posted the letter in full to her rescue's Facebook page.1 Both actions predictably incited rage amongst pit bull lovers across the country. Petitions in support of Torres quickly popped up. More notably, death threats against the letter's author ensued. Blogger Craven Desires has been following the drama closely and exposes many details.
County Agencies Release Comments
On Saturday, Craven posted parts of the Kern County Planning Commission Staff Report, which will be discussed at a March 10 hearing. Craven first focused on concerns expressed by the Kern County Sheriff's Office.2 Then followed with opinions by Public Health Services. It seems the prospect of Torres' rescue operation relocating to Tehachapi is growing dimmer by the hour. (Kudos to county residents and officials for taking on the Torres Goon Squad!)
Related Blog Posts by Craven Desires:
- 03/05/11: Kern County Speaks
- 03/05/11: Kern County Speaks: Part 2
- 03/03/11: There Goes the Neighborhood
- 03/02/11: Tehachapi Bully Update
- 02/27/11: Tia Torres: Tehachapi Bully
2Rural Kern County officials are not unfamiliar with Pit Bullian tactics. In 2009, DogsBite.org sent a letter to the Kern County District Attorney's Office regarding Maricopa Police Chief Gene Fretheim, who was hit with a restraining order after he shot and killed a dangerous pit bull. The order was requested by the dog's owner and granted by Court Commissioner Linda Etienne. The Court later said they issued the order in error.
Jose Gaspar, "County denies 'Pit Bull & Parolees' in Tehachapi," Bakersfield Now, March 11, 2011 (www.bakerfield.com) URL:http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/local/117784573.html. Accessed: 2014-05-04. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6PK4abOng)
Carl Ferguson, "Maricopa police chief says restraining order based on 'lies'," Bakersfield Now, October 7, 2009 (www.bakersfield.com) URL:http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/63720907.html. Accessed: 2014-05-04. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6PK4R5z0j)
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Photo: Animal Planet