Animal control officer will fill a need in the county

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Pearl River County Board of Supervisors is working on this year’s annual budget and are planning to add funding for an animal and litter control officer.
According to previous coverage, the board plans to create a single position for both duties. Combining the positions should save the county money in the long run.
This will provide much needed relief for our local animal rights groups, who currently volunteer their time to pick up stray or lost animals.
Volunteers with the Animal Advocates of Pearl River County and Animal Adoption Society, Inc., work tirelessly to shelter, care for and find homes for animals found wandering the streets of this county.
We sincerely appreciate the efforts of these kind-hearted and loving people who save the lives of animals every day.
According to, animal control officers are trained and equipped to handle animal-related calls. Their duties include protecting the public’s health, taking care of lost animals and reuniting lost pets with their owners. The officer also handles bite cases and investigates reports of cruelty, neglect and suspected rabid animals, the website states.
If the position is created, people who find lost animals will have someone to contact when they need help and don’t know the appropriate actions to take.
When animals are adopted through the PRC SPCA and both animal groups in Pearl River County, they are vaccinated and spayed or neutered if necessary.
This helps cut down on the number of animals born to strays, destined to wander the county without a home.
There are many animals out there who need good homes and they can be found at our local shelter or by contacting a member of one of these groups.

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