SAN ANGELO, TX - The city's animal services department has been in the news a lot lately. So our Senora Scott thought why not show you a day in the life of an animal control officer.
“So right now we're going to get a cat in a trap,” Animal Control Officer Carlos Carrillo said.
Carlos Carrillo and I set out on our first call. It was to get a cat that r-h lee had trapped.
He created a partnership with the animal shelter and uses their traps to help keep feral dogs and cats from wreaking havoc on the neighborhood. While this cat may sound friendly...it's not....
"I'm as scared of rabies as anybody else I guess. I grew up in a world where rabies was a pretty common thing,” R.H. Lee said.
Lee worries about kids petting cats and dogs they think are nice but could end up getting hurt. And it goes far beyond rabies. Lee has seen awful attacks before.
"There was a dog several years ago that put 400 stitches in a kid's face,” Lee said.
And he's even lived some.
"I got attacked three times by a dog this month, I almost broke both arms trying to get away from it,” Lee said.
Carlos told me, animal control officers and the animal shelter are more than willing to work with the public. However, they are often assumed to be "mean" or "bad" people.
Animal control officers don't want to give you tickets, they don't want to take your pets, but sometimes it's just part of their job. Their main goal is education.
Carlos gave this German Shepard a microchip right there in the yard and taught her owner more about it. It's a new initiative the animal shelter is starting. If the dog or cat is well behaved, they will do this procedure and take the owner's payment on the spot. However, sometimes, animal control officers are not always welcomed.
"Sometimes, they don't understand sometimes we have to do our jobs. And they get upset with us letting them know what the ordinances are and giving citations,” Carrillo said.
In the end, Carlos says they too want to keep animals safe and they're just doing their job.
"But that's what the ordinances are, they're laws that we have to enforce,” Carrillo said.
Under the city's ordinances, your pet must be spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.
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