Animal Control Officer

Essential Duties and Primary Job Purpose

Enforces local and state laws and ordinances concerning the care, use, treatment, selling, licensing and impounding of animals. Conducts investigations and inspections, issues warrants, citations and warnings, and reports daily activities. Educates the public about relevant animal regulations and humane animal care.

Representative Tasks & Major Responsibilities

  1. Routinely patrols designated area enforcing local and state animal laws and ordinances. Responds to dispatched calls in priority order and determines appropriate action.
  2. Apprehends and confines stray, injured, and nuisance domestic and wild animals in the most safe, humane and approved manner possible. Administers emergency first aid. Euthanizes animals if necessary and permitted. Transports animals to sheltering facility. Prepares animals for rabies testing. Disposes of dead animals.
  3. Educates the public while in the field regarding responsible pet ownership and animal laws and ordinances.
  4. Arbitrates disputes if possible. Issues warnings, citations and arrest warrants when necessary. Appears for scheduled court dates and testifies regarding civil infractions, custody hearings and cruelty charges. Coordinates efforts with other community professionals such as police officers, court officials and veterinarians.
  5. Conducts general investigations of animal related problems such as barking dog complaints, livestock kills and possible cruelty situations. Prepares written investigative reports that may be introduced as legal court evidence.
  6. Assists in shelter cleaning and maintenance and the care of impounded animals when necessary. Inspects and cleans department vehicle and equipment daily and reports problems.
  7. Inspects animal related businesses to issue operation permits. Maintains inspection files.
  8. Assists callers with information regarding situations such as nuisance or trapped animals and answers questions about animal control policies and laws.

Qualification Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and task satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  1. Demonstrated animal health and well-being knowledge, skills and abilities to include: care of wild and domestic animals, knowledge of animal and zoonotic diseases, skill in performing euthanasia, ability to determine breeds and species, sex and age. Ability to recognize signs of animal neglect, abuse and cruelty.
  2. Knowledge of law enforcement techniques, principals and practices. Knowledge of local and state animal laws and of court procedures.
  3. Knowledge in euthanasia methods and techniques, skill in animal capture and restraint methods and the ability to interpret animal body language.
  4. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other community professionals.