What is an Animal Control Officer?
Animal control officers are individuals that enjoy helping animals out in their community. They will help all types of animals out to ensure their safety and health. The animals that are saved by animal control officers include:
- Injured animals
- Abused animals
- Unwanted pets
- Neglected animals
Animal control officers will even help get the people that neglected or abused their animals prosecuted. This helps ensure that other animals will not be abused or neglected from those individuals again.
What Happens to the Animals Rescued?
The animals that are saved will go to an animal shelter. The animal shelter is government-funded and is nonprofit and is where animal control officers are employed. The animal control officers will either work for the state government or for their local city. Some may even help out with their local law enforcement depending on the state they live in and what is allowed.
Some Animal Control Officers Have Police Training and Can Carry Firearms.
Many times animal control officers will even help get the animals, they rescued, adopted into good homes. They will advise the new animal owners of the steps it takes to ensure great pet ownership and tips on caring for their new pet. This will ensure that the animals are taken care of properly. There will also be more room available in the animal shelter for additional animals that will need to be rescued.
Guns in Animal Control Officer’s Possession
A question that is asked often is, “Are animal control officers allowed to carry guns?” Many animal control officers will get local firearm and police style training that help them get acclimated to local gun laws as well as how to keep a firearm secure. Since some animal control officers are with the local police, they may carry a gun. Most of the time, the animal control officers that are not with the police will not have a gun on their person. They may keep a shotgun in their vehicle that is permitted to them for their protection. This would all depend on the state or city that the animal control officers are located in and if they are with the police or not. They always have to make sure their guns are locked up and secure when they are not in use.
Requirements and Salary for Animal Control Officers
In order to become an animal control officer, the following requirements may be required:
- Have a high school diploma
- Do on-the-job training
- Some college with background in criminology, animal or veterinary sciences
These requirements will depend on the location. Those that have the college courses or on-the-job training will find that they will be able to advance in their field faster.
The salary amounts that are made to animal control officers vary greatly by the location. In smaller ares the individuals may only make $12,000 to $24,000 per year. The medium size areas will average $30,000 to $45,000 per year, and the larger areas will see around $50,000 to $85,000. The more experience and higher up the animal control officer is in their field, the more money they will see per year.