Animal control officers (ACOs) are the unsung heroes of our communities. They patrol our neighborhoods, respond to animal-related emergencies, enforce local and state animal laws (from nuisance ordinances to anti-cruelty statutes), pick up sick, injured, and stray animals, protect the public from dangerous animals and respond to disasters.
ACOs are employed by city and county governments. Some work in animal care and control agencies, while other work in police or sheriffs' departments or health departments. In some communities, the city or county contracts with a humane society or SPCA to provide animal care and control services; so some animal control officers work for a humane society or SPCA.
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