Animal Control Workers

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About the Job

Handle animals for the purpose of investigations of mistreatment, or control of abandoned, dangerous, or unattended animals.

It is also Called

  • Police Officer
  • Humane Officer
  • Humane Agent
  • Dog Warden
  • Dog Pound Attendant
  • Dog Control Officer
  • Dog Catcher
  • Community Service Officer
  • Code Enforcement Supervisor
  • Code Enforcement Officer
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What They Do

  • Train police officers in dog handling and training techniques for tracking, crowd control, and narcotics and bomb detection.
  • Organize the adoption of unclaimed animals.
  • Examine animal licenses, and inspect establishments housing animals for compliance with laws.
  • Answer inquiries from the public concerning animal control operations.
  • Issue warnings or citations in connection with animal-related offenses, or contact police to report violations and request arrests.
  • Write reports of activities, and maintain files of impoundments and dispositions of animals.
  • Contact animal owners to inform them that their pets are at animal holding facilities.
  • Educate the public about animal welfare, and animal control laws and regulations.
  • Prepare for prosecutions related to animal treatment, and give evidence in court.
  • Clean facilities and equipment such as dog pens and animal control trucks.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Independence and Support in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

Preparation Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $49,230 with most people making between $28,470 and $69,720

Outlook

0.62%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,600 people in California. It is projected that there will be 1,700 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 10 openings due to growth and about 40 replacement openings for approximately 50 total annual openings.