My job as an Animal Control Officer puts me in a position to help more animals, especially the wildlife, that otherwise may have never found the help it needed.
I managed to catch this little coyote pup with the help of John, the Belmont ACO, just in time! A terrible case of mange, skin infection and maggots at the time of capture, I am happy to report it is now doing well, thanks to Tuft's, instead of a slow miserable death!
A young red tail in obvious distress. It was very thin with an injury on it's foot. Tuft's is still evaluating and it is being force fed since it is still not eating on it's own.
This poor little boy! John brought him to me. So sad....it had either been hit by a car with extensive road rash or burned. I had hope for him, but after sedating him to get a closer look I had to make the decision to euthanize him. The worst area was the right side and right rear leg, the whole area of which would have sloughed off. All 4 paws were degloved and the rear were especially swollen and painful. He had been like that for a while and infection has set in also. At last he is no longer in constant pain....
This mallard was found laying on her back like a turtle that couldn't upright itself. She was quite neurologic. I really was not expecting good news, but thanks to Tuft's once again, this lucky girl was released back near her home yesterday!
Just a few lucky souls spared by myself....and many other Animal Control Officers who care about all animals....thus the name ANIMAL Control Officer! Hopefully the days of the old school "Dog Officer" are near an end....those that got the job because it was a good, easy gig...not because they actually cared about animals at all. Those that only respond to dog issues, and reluctantly at that, and could care less about helping other animals....and the public that do care about those animals. I am blessed to be surrounded by ACO's that are top notch and are willing to help and go out of their way to help any animal that is in need...ACO's that network and do it right! Cheers to you all! Too many times I hear stories of a "Dog Officer" who just can't be bothered and I'm proud to say most are not around this area. There are a couple holdouts, but no worries, the people in those communities know they have us to help out when theirs don't....because it's our calling!