The Animal Control Officer is in charge of enforcing state laws and local ordinances. The Animal Control Officer is nominated by the Town Manager and confirmed by the Board of Selectpersons for a one-year term. On Dec. 17, 2019, the Board appointed Trisha Davis to serve as ACO for 2020. Below is a Q&A Davis contributed to the Belgrade Bulletin, the Town newsletter.
- What are your responsibilities as animal control officer? To help ensure the safety and well-being of your pets, livestock and family members. This includes:
- Informing citizens of state laws pertaining to animal welfare, vaccinating for rabies, licensing your dog(s), and your rights as a pet owner.
- Assisting in finding lost dogs and cats, reuniting them with their owners, and rescuing strays.
- Working with the Town of Belgrade and the Kennebec Valley Humane Society in Augusta to provide emergency care when needed for lost, stray, unwanted and neglected pets; and to find them new homes.
- Helping protect your pet(s) and family from wildlife and undomesticated animals which may pose a risk or damage your property.
- What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job? Reuniting a lost pet with its owner and saving an abused or abandoned pet from harm.
- What’s the most challenging facet of what you do? The possibility of dealing with dangerous wildlife (rabid, etc.) and aggressive dogs that may have to be euthanized. Hopefully, by educating citizens of any outbreaks or dangerous situations in the area, this will be kept at a minimum.
- What about your job might surprise citizens? How much training an ACO must complete. Animal welfare is an important part of daily life for pet owners and non-pet owners alike. We are all responsible for creating a healthy and safe environment.
- What’s the one thing you most want residents to know about caring for their pets? Overall, most pet owners go above and beyond to love and care for their pets. However, if any circumstance arises that can put you or your pet in harm, please contact me. I look forward to working with you.
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