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.”