Animal Control Officer

January 26, 2011 by staff 

Animal Control Officer, An animal control officer may be an employee or contractor to a municipality, is charged with the responsibility to respond to calls for service ranging from stray animals to investigations of animal cruelty and dog fighting or cok fight, and bring them to a shelter or animal compound, where animals are kept for some time before being returned to their owners, put up for adoption, released into the wild, or euthanized. Animal control services are also responsible for investigating incidents of human contact with wild and domestic animals, such as pitting. They can work with ministries of health, police, sheriffs departments or parks and recreation.

The role of the animal control officer has changed in recent decades. Gone are the days of the “pound” big bad. Today, animal control officers to focus more on educating the public about proper animal care and animal rescue in dangerous situations or abusive. They also pick up dead animals and injured stray animals for disposal or treatment. The position can be held by the Police Department’s jurisdiction, or contracted to the local shelter (usually the humane society or SPCA). Depending on the size of the county and the funding they receive, there may be a single animal control officer or team of them in service. Usually, the requirements for this position are a high school diploma and some prior experience with animals. Training is both on the job, and by organizations such as training services and consulting animals (ASTAC) and the National Animal Control Association, which holds classes around the country. Some states, like North Carolina and Virginia, require state mandated training for animal control officers or investigators to specialize as cruelty. These courses are usually can be up to 80 hours or more in length and must be related to the employment.

The merger of animal control with the forces of any other municipal code seems to be the latest evolution of the position of the animal control officer and governments frequently cite that such an arrangement has better streamline services and implement more effectively with local regulations. This has also caused deep professionalization of the field of enforcement, and owners of these fields are increasingly relied upon to accept roles and responsibilities for implementation over the police work becomes easier to the right Criminal. This has led to greater reliance on local governments to regulate and enforce animal care and investigations are increasingly cruelty treated locally rather than being the sole responsibility of the state or provincial government. This has created municipal enforcement officers, who has dealt with animal control, who are now engaged in a variety of activities near police, especially the roles of police custody for lack of staff are not treated by the police. OCA officials and the law are frequently found in police and municipal services to ensure the safety of inmates, custody of the courthouse, investigating dog fighting or writing parking tickets. This led to more police training and arming of these officials. The New York branch of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) employs several animal “cops” who are armed and have police powers. This arrangement is increasingly common in the United States, especially in big cities where civil officers of the Animal Control have difficulty conducting investigations due to a lack of cooperation from suspects. These changes have also made a career in animal control and bylaw more dangerous, requiring more skills and training, and therefore offer greater compensation. Security clearances have also become the standard requirement, and as such, the process of becoming employed in one of these positions has become much longer.

Historically, dog’s batsmen were charged with keeping dogs to churches from the 16th to 19th century Europe, they also sometimes filled a more general role of animal control in the villages.

Control officers captured animals a large monitor lizard wandered through a condo complex in Riverside, Calif. Despite its name, the lizard is not affiliated with this publication.
A giant radioactive lizard rampaged Riverside, Calif., Tuesday, trmpling buildings, pulling son spitting high tension down, and fighting against a giant moth.

Or at least that’s what animal control officer Jenny Selter expected when she arrived at the condominium complex, responding to reports of a monstrous reptile.

“People were panicking because this is the Godzilla-like creature walking on the sidewalk,” a spokesman for the Riverside County Animal Services to The Associated Press.

The snake turned out to be a monitor five feet long, a genre that originated in large parts of Africa, Asia and Australia. This particular species of lizard is black-throated native to southern Africa (which is probably a good thing, as South Africa is the only nuclear power that denies conducting nuclear tests).

Most are carnivorous monitor lizards hunt prey that live. Members of this genus are also very intelligent, at least for reptiles. A study of white-throated monitors found that the lizards are able to count to six.

Lizards are legal to keep as pets in California. The animal control officers believe that this particular lizard escaped from the house of his owner.

Selter has captured the lizard with the help of a police officer. Animal Services staff told the AP that the lizard was tame. The staff was able to walk around the lizard without the hissing, snapping, or deleting anything with his atomic breath.

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