The Sacramento County Animal Shelter resumed normal hours Thursday.
The shelter was closed Wednesday after the shooting death of Animal Control Officer Roy Marcum. Marcum was shot and killed at a home in Galt while checking on dogs that had been left behind in an eviction.
“We are deeply saddened with the loss of Animal Control Officer Roy Marcum,” Shelter Director Dave Dickinson said in a written statement. “Our condolences and prayers go out to Tina, his wife, their four children and Roy’s entire family, as they try to cope with the loss of Roy.”
Dickinson said that Marcum “exemplified the very best qualities of an animal control officer.”
“The family is going through hell. They lost their dad, their husband, their best friend,” said Marcum family friend Shelley Pai.
Marcum is described by other friends as genuine, compassionate and gentle.
“The thing that stands out the most is that it was not just a job for him,” said friend Jean Kelly, describing Marcum’s work with Animal Control. “It’s a horrible loss.”
The Marcum Family is accepting donations to his kids’ trust fund. Funds can be transferred at any Premier West Bank branch to number 82804846.