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Old 03-22-2006
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Default I AM YOUR ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER

I AM YOUR ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER

I am your animal control officer. I am not the dreaded "Dog Catcher" or the "Murderer" you call me.

I'm not the one who allows your pet to roam the streets, to contract diseases from other free roaming animals, to be hit by passing motorists or poisoned by rotting garbage. I am the one who must look into those sick, pain-glazed eyes, try to remove the animal without causing it further pain and then humanely "put it to sleep" to end its suffering.

I'm not the one who allows your pet to breed, then dumps the unwanted puppies and kittens on the roadsides and in shelters. I'm the one who must find the tiny animals before they die of starvation, exposure or disease and as an act of mercy, exterminate them.

It hurts me to be forced to kill hundreds of animals each year but because of your irresponsibilty, I have no choice.

I'm not the one who abandons unwanted animals on farm roads, telling myself some friendlier farmer will surely take them in and give them a good home. But I am the one who picks up the frightened animal who waits in vain for its beloved master, wondering why it has been abandoned. I am the one who must help that friendly farmer trap, tranquilize or kill that animal because it has begun to roam in packs with other abandoned hungry animals, killing livestock, fowl and game.

I am not the one who breeds and fights dogs in the name of "sport". But I am the one who fights the breeder's and participants, and pick up dead and dying animals left behind.

I'm not the one who keeps a pet confined in an area too small-without food, water, shelter, or excercise. But I must deal with the irresponsible owner who does.

I'm not the one who refuses to spend time and money to keep up with regular inoculations that all pets require. But I am the one who must pick up a sick animal that is dying from a preventable disease.

So remember, the next time your child is bitten by a stray dog, your trash is dumped and scattered, your pet is lost, stolen, poisoned or hit by a car, it is the Animal Control Officer you call, not the "dog catcher."

The next time your pet is picked up, or your are cited for neglecting or abusing it, remember that I am only trying to get you to fulfill your responsibility to your pet, your neighbor and yourself.

Do not scorn me. Respect me, for I am the product of your irresponsibility. I love animals, and I do care.


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You go, SuperKeeg. Tell 'em like it is.
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Love it!!!!!!! If only everybody felt that way about us!
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Well said!! I've tried for years to convince people that I do care, and that I couldn't do this job if I didn't.
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We have this on the wall in our office.
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Someone needs to send this to the author of the New Animal Contol
posted in the Round Table forum on 3/16
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I AM going to send it to them. I say we all send it to them, then maybe they'll realize how stupid their suggestions are !!
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I have this posted on my fridge...love it

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I printed this out and framed it for my staff about 2 years ago.
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I emailed that to my boss and she printed it out. She said they're going to type it up nice and laminate it for us to put up somewhere.

What are these suggestions you're talking about from the round table discussion? How does one become a registered ACO to partake in the ACO Only forums??

I have a little rant from my myspace, maybe I'll be brave enough to post it.
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