As part of National Animal Control Week, the Sacramento County Animal Shelter is recognizing their 11 Animal Control Officers who are on the front lines of cases of animal cruelty and neglect, and work around the clock to fulfill the Animal Shelter’s ongoing mission to save lives and protect the animals and people in Sacramento County.
“Our officers are as dedicated as ever to providing critical public services for Sacramento County. Daily, our officers face difficult situations involving cruelty and abuse, accidents and dangerous animals, and with every step, they are making a difference,” said Dave Dickinson, Interim Animal Shelter Director.
The Sacramento County Animal Control Officers patrol almost 950 square miles and are on the job 24/7, 365 days a year. Officers respond to approximately 1600 calls a month, ranging from dog bites, loose animals, injured animals in distress, animals locked in hot cars, and appalling cases of animal abuse. Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation is the only agency in the County that investigates cases of cruelty and neglect, and works closely with local law enforcement and other agencies to prosecute abuse offenders.
Some of the officer’s more recent, high-profile cases include a cat hoarding case in Citrus Heights last year when over 60 cats were recovered from a single residence, and a local cockfighting event busted in partnership with the Sheriff Deputies in early April, one of five such cockfighting cases investigated since August 2010.
“This national appreciation week of Animal Control Officers is the perfect time to highlight their work, and the County shelter staff and volunteers and members of the community really appreciate the special skills and dedication it take to do this job,” said Dickinson.
National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week is supported by the National Animal Control Association to provide national recognition for the hard working men and women of Animal Control across the Country.
If you want to learn more about the Sacramento County Animal Shelter, or donate to the “S.O.S. Save Our Shelter” funds, which benefits the shelter animals and helps to fund the animal control officers’ work, please visit us at our shelter at 3839 Bradshaw Road, or check us out online at www.saccountyshelter.net.
Annie Parker is a Public Information Officer for the Sacramento County Municipal Services Agency.