Handles animals for the purpose of investigations of mistreatment, or control of abandoned, dangerous, or unattended animals.
This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Law Enforcement Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Investigates reports of animal attacks or animal cruelty, interviewing witnesses, collecting evidence, and writing reports.
- Captures and removes stray, uncontrolled, or abused animals from undesirable conditions, using nets, nooses, or tranquilizer darts as necessary.
- Examines animals for injuries or malnutrition, and arranges for any necessary medical treatment.
- Removes captured animals from animal-control service vehicles and places animals in shelter cages or other enclosures.
- Euthanizes rabid, unclaimed, or severely injured animals.
- Supplies animals with food, water, and personal care.
- Cleans facilities and equipment such as dog pens and animal control trucks.
- Prepares for prosecutions related to animal treatment, and gives evidence in court.
- Educates the public about animal welfare, and animal control laws and regulations.
- Contacts animal owners to inform them that their pets are at animal holding facilities.
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