Animal Control Officers Deal with People as Much as Pets

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Gone are the days of the dog catcher. Now it’s Animal Control Officer. The job is less about dealing with animals, and more about keeping people safe.

“We protect the public. But part of that job is educating the public,” explains Jace Huggins, an Animal Control Officer with the City of Sacramento. “A lot of this job is patients and compassion.”

It’s a busy job, too. Animal Control handles about 1,700 calls per month. Officers routinely get to only about a dozen or so per shift.

“Just like in an emergency room, we basically have to triage these calls,” said Officer Huggins. “Obviously, public safety is our first concern, that’s what we are here for.”

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  • sassikat66

    Thank you Mark for this great story. Front Street Shelter is an example to so many and the hard work and care is really appreciated by the community. Thank you to the, "Lucky Seven" officers and their commitment and compassion to the animals and people. In contrast if you did a story on Stockton's animal services you'd see that their shelter seems like they are stuck in 1950. We need caring, compassionate leadership (which Front Street has) and a community that cares, volunteers and gets the message out about spaying and neutering. Front Street Shelter is amazing! We love the positive stories! Keep them coming!

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