Animal Control Officer
Animal Control works 35 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.
- 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: Jennifer Huff 606-735-3627, Vicki Rawe 859-635-0037, 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 and cats. For cats it is more a confinement law. Keep it inside. Most cats do not like being on a leash and could entangle themselves and choke. There are some patient cats and owners out there that have mastered it.
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 now have a dog park at Highland Hills Park if you want to let your dog run off leash legally. 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 and cats 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 is trying to battle this by issuing a $50 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 within 30 days their $50 will be refunded. This encourages owners to spay and neuter. It also places more of a financial burden on the owners creating the problems for animal control, by 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 bark 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.
10.) If you think an animal is being abused or neglected, please report it. Sometimes it is just a matter of educating the owner on 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.