Animal Control Officer
Animal Control works 40 hours a week on Patrol, and available on call for emergencies 24/7.
(Emergency calls are mostly done at a Police Officer’s request. Most Call outs are injured animals, vicious animals or traffic hazzards.)
Kentucky Revised Statutes give Animal Control Officers the powers of a peace officer excluding the power to arrest and of course they do not carry a gun. They are in radio contact with police in case assistance is needed.
An Animal control officer’s job is to enforce certain animal laws on the City, County and State levels.
Animal control officers were once called Dog Wardens and their sole purpose was to prevent the spread of rabies by picking up stray dogs. Today the threat of rabies has diminished. However, citizens deserve to feel safe and not deal with nuisance animals that should be under someone’s responsibility. Animal control benefits the animals as well as the community. The typical day is filled with responding to nuisance complaints, such as barking dogs, stray cats, dogs running at large, and possible animal neglect. Most problems can be dealt with civilly. However, occasionally, people must be cited to court.
Paperwork is essential also. Keeping track of all the animals and where they come from is a normal part of the job.
It is baby time. Soon you may see kittens, baby birds, deer etc. Wild babies, for the most part, do not need any intervention. However, Kittens we want to know about. Let’s talk about how to handle a baby situation and know if the baby needs help or not.
A baby bird that has fallen from the nest is very common. Most mamma birds will kick them out when its time for them to go and they spend 2 days or so on the ground before they learn to take flight. The parents still come to feed the baby until it learns to fly. Baby birds are not professionals in the beginning. The ‘wait and see’ attitude is fine if the baby is not in danger. If you can reach the nest safely feel free to put it back. It and its siblings may be back on the ground a few minutes later, but you tried. If cats are prevalent in your area or if the baby is already injured, then a wildlife rehabber is your answer. We only have one bird rehab in our area at this time. Her name is Ginger Rood and her number is 859-384-4022.
Baby bunnies and baby deer are frequently found lying alone with “no mother in sight”. That is the master plan for these animals considered “prey” animals. They are always in fear of being eaten. So they do not lay with their babies. They do not want to draw attention to them or make them have too much of an odor. If you have to chase a bunny to “save it”, then it does not need to be saved. It is on its own. If they have hair and their eyes are open, they are not in need of your care. Injured bunnies most of the time do a lot better without us. Mother Nature heals her own animal, for the most part. There is only one antibiotic you can give a rabbit and they can stress and die just from being handled. You can help most by not helping.
Fawns need intervention when they are crying aka “bleating”, the grass has died under where they are laying or they have maggots/flies all over. If you feel a baby needs rescue call Animal Control or a Wildlife rehabber please. I created a Face book Group for anyone interested in becoming a rehabber or assisting wildlife by transporting them etc. it is called NKY Wildlife Rehab. We have a desperate need for bird and mammal rehabbers in our area.
We get calls for baby squirrels, raccoons, opossums etc. Remember unless you are a licensed rehabber or in the process of being one, you can not raise these babies. Never feed a cold baby and never give milk products. If you absolutely have to give the baby something once it warms up, just until you can get it to rehab use pedialyte only. A baby bird would be fed dog food kibble soaked in water. Small pieces behind the tongue every 30 minutes. List of licensed rehabbers: http://app.fw.ky.gov/rehabilitatorNew/
Domestics/feral/stray kitten season is almost here too. Our county has adopted a new program to help our county shelter be no-kill. This means if there are feral or stray cats reproducing, spraying and causing problems in your neighborhood, we will trap them have them vaccinated, spay/neutered and an eartip and release back into the area, totally free of charge! This keeps new cats or wildlife from vacuuming (Moving into) the neighborhood and you area cats are healthier (not spreading disease) and no longer spraying, fighting etc because they are altered.
Some kittens can be placed up for adoption, but for the most part, mom keeps them hidden until the prime socialization period is over. This means they will never be sweet, tame, indoor cats your kids can pet. Those kittens will at least be altered with this program. We have had this program in place since October 2016 and we have dramatically reduced the number of cats euthanized. Only terminally injured/sick cats are euthanized now.
See Community Cat Diversion Program: http://www.campbellcountyky.org/images/stories/AnimalShelter/TNR%20Brochure.pdf
Please be proactive and help us continue to save lives. Call 859-572-1211 and we can discuss trapping in your area. If it is an emergency please call me through dispatch 859-292-3622
Below are some Low cost options for your own indoor pets. Remember we will do your strays outside for free.
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- Dogs & Cats: UCAN 2830 Colerain Ave. Cincinnati 45225 513-721-PETS(7387)
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(513) 871-0185 ohioalleycat.org
There is not a true “Puppy season”. Dogs can get pregnant anytime a heat cycle pops up.
I hope you find this article was helpful. Please spay/neuter your pet and let us spay/neuter your stray cats!
- When can Animal Control enter upon properties?
- What do you do with an animal when you pick it up?
- What types of animals does Animal Control handle?
- Who can I call to deal with animals for which Animal Control does not handle?
- What happens if I don’t comply with dog violations and requests made of me by Animal Control?
- ANIMAL CONTROL TIPS
“When can Animal Control enter upon properties?
Once an animal has been seen running at large the violation has already occurred. Even if the dog now retreats back onto its property, it is obviously not contained. It will more than likely leave the property again. In pursuit I can enter upon the property to impound the dog. Also if the animal is in danger AC can enter upon the property. An example is if a dog is entangling itself with the chain, runner or tie out. A dog that is attempting to jump or climb a fence and is chained up, risks hanging itself. AC could intervene to save the dog. Also if the police or fire departments need to gain entry but animals are not allowing it or getting in the way, AC can enter. If a legal eviction has taken place and the animals are left after the date to vacate, AC can remove the animals. Search and Seizure warrants can also be obtained to gain entry.
“What do you do with an animal when you pick it up?
All animals are taken to Campbell County Animal shelter. 859-635-2819. Injured animals will be taken to a local vet or emergency clinic. You can contact animal control through dispatch 859-292-3622 if you need to locate your pet.
“What types of animals does Animal Control handle?
Dogs and cats are the main focus. The occasional raccoon, snake, groundhog, bat or opossum will get in the house. If it is an emergency situation and AC is available, they can assist by trying to catch it. AC has caught iguanas, domestic rabbits, ferrets and snapping turtles. Animal Control DOES NOT trap nuisance wildlife.
“Who can I call to deal with animals for which Animal Control does not handle?”
Contact Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Licensed Trappers: https://app.fw.ky.gov/nuisancecontrolnew/ or other licensed trappers for your nuisance wildlife.
“What happens if I don’t comply with dog violations and requests made of me by Animal Control?
Failing to comply will lead to civil citations and/or court. Typical judgments can range from fines, probated jail time and denial of the right to own an animal for a period of time.
ANIMAL CONTROL TIPS:
by Terri Baker – Animal Control Officer
1.) Leash laws apply to dogs. In an attempt to eliminate euthanasia in our county we have a new program that allows Spayed/neutered and vaccinated cats to roam. This program is called the Community Cat diversion program. Click this link for information: http://www.campbellcountyky.org/images/stories/AnimalShelter/TNR%20Brochure.pdf
Please contact me is you have stray cats in your area that need to be trapped and spayed/neutered and vaccinated. If your own cat needs it I can also assist you in finding the most economical solution to get it done.
Dogs need a leash even if it is a “good dog”. Keeping your pet under constant control is required. Yelling at the dog to “come here”, is not needed if the leash is attached. We have a dog park at Highland Hills Park if you want to let your dog run off leash legally. Remember the dog has to be inside the fenced in area of the dog park, not just in Highland Hills Park. Please be considerate of others. Any where else in the city you will receive a citation if your dog is not under your control. This also means you have to be holding the leash. You can not attach the leash to the dog and go for a walk unless you are holding the other end.
2.) Roaming dogs get into garbage; get hit by cars, cause traffic accidents and leave stool in neighboring yards. It is your responsibility to make sure your pet is confined to your property. Your dog may decide to guard the entire block and bite someone, or find a mate and try to protect her by biting. Your animal needs your supervision to keep from getting into these situations. All dogs can bite. It depends on how they react or handle a situation they may not be familiar with.
3.) The pet over population problem has been a huge problem for years. There are more animals than there are homes. The City of Fort Thomas and Campbell County are trying to battle this. We will be issuing an unaltered fine to any animal running at large that is not spayed or neutered. If the owner claiming the animal chooses to have the pet altered the shelter will reduce the fine and spay/neuter the pet for free. This encourages owners to spay and neuter. It also places more of a financial burden on the owners creating the problems for animal control and the shelter, for allowing their intact animals to roam and reproduce.
4.) Always carry plastic bag, etc to pick up your pets stool while on a walk. Be a good neighbor and do not leave this behind for kids or adults to happen upon.
5.) All dogs that are outdoors need a dog house and water available at all times. This applies to dogs “only out while you are at work” as well.
6.) Any dog that barks and creates a disturbance is in violation of the nuisance ordinance and the owner can be fined.
7.) If your animal is aggressive to people or domestic animals you are required to muzzle that animal to prevent injury and to protect yourself from liability.
8.) Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes are prohibited in the City of Fort Thomas.
9.) If you find a wild animal such as a baby deer, bunny, squirrel etc. it is best not to touch it or move it until you get some advice from a professional. Every year baby deer are picked up away from their mothers and placed in rehabilitation for no reason. Most wild animals do not lay with their babies like dogs and cats. Just because you don’t see a mother at the time, does not mean the animal is an orphan. Here is the list of licensed rehabbers in your area: http://app.fw.ky.gov/rehabilitatorNew/
If you are interested in becoming a wildlife rehabber please join the Facebook group NKY Wildlife Rehab to get started
10.) If you think an animal is being abused or neglected, please report it. Sometimes it is just a matter of educating or assisting the owner with proper care. You could save that animals life. ALWAYS CALL. Animal Control will check into it and take the appropriate action. Animals don’t have a voice to speak up for themselves so we must rely on concerned citizens to let us know if there is a problem.