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Animal Services Officer

Newton County Board of Commissioners

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This position is responsible for enforcing Newton County, Georgia animal control ordinances.  The work involves responding to requests concerning stray, dangerous or injured animals, investigating complaints and operation of the animal control vehicle and animal control equipment.  This position involves contact with a wide variety of both domestic and exotic animals as well as many species of wildlife including but not limited to animals that have attacked humans or other animals.  This position also assists in maintaining the animals at the shelter, which includes feeding, vaccinating, medicating and monitoring the animals.


Enforces animal control ordinances of Newton County. Including but not limited to animals at large, cruelty to animals, dangerous/vicious dogs and animal bites.

Advices the general public concerning the animal control ordinances and related laws.

Responds to calls regarding stray, dangerous, or injured animals and transports to the shelter or veterinary clinic as necessary.

Investigates complaints (including animal bites, dangerous/vicious animals and cruelty), gather evidence including photographs, interview witnesses, and prepare documentation for court.

Issues warnings and citations to animal owners found in violation of the Newton County animal control ordinance.

Completes paperwork, bite reports, data entry and incident reports.

Serves and responds to Court summonses as necessary and represents the Department in Court.

Serves on-call time to respond to emergencies involving animals; works nights, weekends and holidays as required to ensure coverage.

Maintains equipment used in capturing and securing animals including keeping animal control vehicle clean and in good repair; keeps record of location of set traps.

Humanely euthanizes animals in the shelter using established protocol.

Administer vaccinations, implant microchips and administer medications as needed.

Assists with office tasks, dispatch calls, animal adoptions and reclaims and collection of fees.

Performs other related duties as assigned.


All candidates to fill a vacant position in this classification must submit to and pass a drug-screening test after meeting the following minimum requirements:

High school diploma or equivalent; and,

Six months of related experience; or,

Any combination of education, training and experience, which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Licenses and Certifications:

Valid State Driver’s License.

Ability to obtain Euthanasia certification within one year of employment.

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