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Animal Control Officer

DeKalb County Government

Posted: Jul. 3, 2019

End Date: Aug. 3, 2019


Purpose of Classification:

The purpose of this classification is to enforce rabies control, educate the public about county ordinances, and protect the people of DeKalb County from animals, and the animals of DeKalb County from people. This classification is differentiated from Animal Control Officer, Senior in that is holds no supervisory responsibilities and requires less previous experience.

Essential Functions:

The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Enforces the provisions of federal, state, and local codes and ordinances applicable to animal activities; completes pending/follow up calls that are distributed during the morning roll-call meetings, and takes work territory and call assignments; and reviews previous cases with Officers.

Completes and/or processes a variety of forms, logs, reports, and other required documents; and reviews daily activity reports (DAR) to check case progress and possible follow-ups.

Investigates complaints and reports of bites, cruelty, abuse, stray/nuisance, wildlife, livestock, exotic pets, and neglect or abandonment of animals by citizens and other providers of animal care; obtains evidentiary  information to appear in court to testify as witness; and conducts interviews with complainant and possible suspect.

Utilizes and maintains various equipment and tools associated with animal control activities; conducts daily inspections to check equipment.

Patrols the county for stray, injured, and/or sick animals.

Assists veterinary staff with examinations of animals brought into the shelter.

Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge and awareness of applicable laws and regulations and attends in-service training.

Minimum Qualifications:

High School Diploma or GED required; one year of experience handling animals, enforcing codes, customer service, or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Specific License or Certification Required: Must obtain and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license and National Animal Control Association certification.