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Animal Control Workers

Handle animals for the purpose of investigations of mistreatment, or control of abandoned, dangerous, or unattended animals.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Investigate reports of animal attacks or animal cruelty, interviewing witnesses, collecting evidence, and writing reports.
    • Capture and remove stray, uncontrolled, or abused animals from undesirable conditions, using nets, nooses, or tranquilizer darts as necessary.
    • Supply animals with food, water, and personal care.
    • Write reports of activities, and maintain files of impoundments and dispositions of animals.
    • Prepare for prosecutions related to animal treatment, and give evidence in court.
    • Examine animals for injuries or malnutrition, and arrange for any necessary medical treatment.
    • Contact animal owners to inform them that their pets are at animal holding facilities.
    • Educate the public about animal welfare, and animal control laws and regulations.
    • Clean facilities and equipment such as dog pens and animal control trucks.
    • Remove captured animals from animal-control service vehicles and place animals in shelter cages or other enclosures.
    • Examine animal licenses, and inspect establishments housing animals for compliance with laws.
    • Issue warnings or citations in connection with animal-related offenses, or contact police to report violations and request arrests.
    • Euthanize rabid, unclaimed, or severely injured animals.
    • Answer inquiries from the public concerning animal control operations.
    • Organize the adoption of unclaimed animals.
    • Train police officers in dog handling and training techniques for tracking, crowd control, and narcotics and bomb detection.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 34950/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 16.8/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 340
    • Yearly Projected Openings 30

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Independence
    • Cooperation

    Tools

    • Dog catching pole
    • Bar code reader equipment
    • Animal transport cage
    • Animal control traps
    • Air rifles or air handguns

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