Animal Control Officer

Department: Animal Control
Category: Animal Control

Supervised By: Animal Control Director

Supervises: No supervisory responsibility

Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the Animal Control Director, enforces state laws and local ordinances dealing with animal control and issues citations for violations.  Responds to citizen complaints regarding animals and patrols the county to pick-up stray animals and respond to other animal related concerns.  Investigates and follows up on charges of animal abuse.  Participates in the maintenance and cleaning of the shelter and performs a variety of other tasks related to shelter operations.

Essential Job Functions:

An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. These examples do not include all of the duties, which the employee may be expected to perform. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.

  1. Responds to and investigates complaints related to barking dogs, stray animals, vicious dogs, animal bites, dead or injured animals, livestock killings and other animal related complaints and takes action to resolve the matter. Works with owners and neighbors in the attempted resolution of animal related problems.  Educates the public regarding animal care and the law.
  1. Investigates suspected cases of animal abuse or neglect, including reviewing the condition of the animals, interviewing the owner and witnesses, and determining whether to issue a citation. Works with the Prosecutor’s Office to obtain warrants, completes case reports, and testifies in court regarding investigations.
  1. Patrols the county to assist in enforcing animal laws and picks up stray animals. Uses catchpoles, traps, and other devices to capture and impound animals. 
  1. Issues appearance tickets on animal violations as necessary.
  1. Maintains a daily log of animal control incidents, dog quarantines, citations issued and other enforcement activities.
  1. Captures and impounds dogs and cats that have bitten individuals to quarantine them as required.
  1. Documents results of investigations by completing reports on animal bites, livestock killings and related activities. Documents information on animals that have been picked up.
  1. Accepts animals delivered to the shelter. Collects background information and prepares records, tags animals and assigns kennels.  Maintains records of receipt and adoption of all animals brought to the animal shelter.  Maintains identification system on all animals brought to the shelter.
  1. Cleans and disinfects all areas of the Animal Shelter including the kennels. Assists in the supervision of community service and volunteer workers in the maintenance of the shelter, including cleaning and disinfecting kennels and feeding and caring for the animals.  Trains workers on animal care and use of chemical cleaning and disinfectant products.  Sweeps and mops floors and performs other custodial tasks.  Cleans water pans and food buckets.
  1. Informs the public about animal control laws and ordinances and related issues. Makes presentations to community groups, elementary schools, and other organizations on animal control.
  1. May remove heads of animals suspected of rabies for shipping to the Department of Public Health for testing.
  1. Assists residents in the removal of stray domestic animals from properties, buildings or residences.
  1. Conducts inspections of kennels within the county in accordance with state and local requirements.
  1. Assists in picking up farm or exotic animals that are on the loose.
  1. Provides on-call emergency service on evenings, weekends and holidays.
  1. Performs other duties as directed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Minimum Qualifications:

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities and minimum qualifications necessary to perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job. 

Requirements include the following:

  • High school diploma or equivalent supplemented by college or vocational training in animal care and one year of experience caring for animals including performing vaccinations and kennel upkeep.
  • The county, at its discretion, may consider an alternative combination of formal education and work experience.
  • Certification as an Animal Control Officer from the State of Michigan Department of Agriculture.
  • Michigan Vehicle Operator’s License.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of shelter animal care and kennel care and cleanliness.
  • Knowledge of sanitary procedures and practices, animal behavior, observing and caring for animals, performing vaccinations and pre- and post-surgical care of animals.
  • Skill in effectively communicating ideas and concepts orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships and use good judgment, initiative and resourcefulness when dealing with county employees, contractors to the county, representatives of other governmental units, professional contacts, elected officials, and the public.
  • Skill in the use of office equipment and technology, including Microsoft Suite applications, database use and the ability to learn new software programs applicable to the position.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works both in an office and in the field.  While in the office, the employee is regularly required to communicate in person and by telephone, read regular and small print, view and produce written and electronic documents and enter data on a computer keyboard with repetitive keystrokes. 

While performing the field duties of the job, the employee is frequently required to talk or hear, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to sit, stand, walk, run and move freely at any time. The employee must frequently lift and/or move objects of up to 50 pounds without assistance and restrain and/or control aggressive animals. The noise level in the work environment may be quiet to very loud. Though applicable safety procedures are documented and utilized, the incumbent may be exposed animal bites and unsanitary or unhygienic materials, individuals and situations in the course of performing required duties.

Employment Conditions.

This is a full-time non-union position and is eligible for fringe benefits. 

Starting Salary (Pay Grade 6):  $15.72 per hour

For purposes of FLSA, this is a non-exempt position. 


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