ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER

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DEFINITION

 

To enforce City ordinances governing the licensing, impounding, and shelter of animals; and to collect and transport animals to the appropriate impounding location.

 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

 

Receives general supervision from a Police Lieutenant.

Functional supervision is provided by a Police Sergeant.

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

 

Adheres to City attendance and punctuality policies demonstrating dependability.

 

Adheres to all City safety policies (protective equipment, pre-duty precautions checklist, etc.) to prevent unnecessary or unreasonable risk of injury to self, others, or property.

 

Adheres to department dress code policies to present a professional appearance. Should exhibit appropriate grooming and attire for the position and responsibility.

 

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

Patrol streets and roads in a small truck and look for stray dogs and other animals.

 

Explain ordinances relating to animals to the public.

 

Collect and transport stray or injured animals to animal shelter as necessary.

 

Perform operational activities at animal shelter, including cleaning kennels, feeding animals, and responding to public inquiries.

 

Humanely dispose of sick or injured animals.

 

Investigate reports or complaints of dogs, cats, or other animals creating nuisances and take appropriate action.

 

Issue citations to owners of nuisance-creating animals.

 

Interview victims, complaints, and witnesses; gather and preserve evidence.

 

Recognize animal diseases and symptoms.

 

Remove dead animals from public roads and perform proper disposal activities.

 

            Maintain and clean animal control vehicle, shelter, and related equipment.

 

            Testify in court as necessary.

 

            Prepare and maintain a variety of records and reports.

 

            Perform related duties as assigned.        

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

Knowledge of:

            Various breeds of dogs, cats, and other domestic and wild animals.

            Animal behavior and basic methods of animal collection.

            Use and care of drugs used to euthanize diseased and injured animals.

            General law enforcement functions and procedures.

 

Ability to:

            Learn, interpret, and understand laws and regulations.

            Learn and effectively develop skills in the humane treatment of animals.

            Perform a variety of animal shelter operation activities.

            Provide assistance to law enforcement and emergency personnel in a variety of capacities.

            Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

            Accurately observe and remember names, places, incidents, people, and animals.

            Establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

            Perform duties with a significant degree of independence within established guidelines.

 

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

 

            One year of experience in the care and handling of animals and a High School Diploma or GED.

 

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES

 

            Possession of, or ability to obtain within six months a valid Basic and Advanced Human Officer Certification by the Texas State Board of Health and a valid Texas Drivers License.

 
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