Animal Control Officers
Have you been bitten by an aggressive dog? Was your child attacked by an animal? An animal control officer in Connecticut must be willing and able to respond to these needs and a wide variety of distress calls. Not only do officers work to capture loose or aggressive dogs, they must also investigate signs of abuse and neglect and help handle cases of animal bites and attacks.
An animal control officer needs to have some experience in handling dogs and other animals. Common sources of this experience include working with a veterinarian, working in a kennel and volunteering at an animal shelter. Along with this experience many states and regions now require that their officers have a degree in criminal justice. This can be exceedingly useful as many cases lead to criminal charges.
The duties of an animal control officer in Connecticut include:
- Investigation of property damage, injury and nuisance caused by dogs
- Enforcement of laws pertaining to dog control and licensing
- Licensing and inspection of pet facilities (kennels, breeding facilities and pet shops)
- Rabies control
- Investigating and making arrests in association with complaints of animal cruelty
In Connecticut, the Department of Agriculture’s Animal Control Division also maintains a large animal rehabilitation center that holds and rehabilitates animals that are part of current animal cruelty cases. In addition, the division and their officers participate in efforts to educate the public in matters of Connecticut dog law and animal behavior.
Currently, the need for animal control officers varies from region to region. Though the job is extremely important, cuts in funding have generally lead to a decrease in the demand for officers.
The dog bite and animal attack lawyers at Glass, Lebovitz, Kasheta & Bren would like to thank all of Connecticut’s animal control officers for their work in protecting the safety of the state’s animals and general public. If you or your child have been bitten or attacked by a dog please contact your local animal control division and seek medical attention. Know also that as a dog bite victim you have rights. Contact an experienced attorney today to learn more about your rights and how you may be able to receive compensation for losses associated with the attack.