20 May 2013

Animal Control Documentary

Positions: Camera Operator / Editor A documentary following a San Diego Animal Control Officer who gladly informs viewers the truth about her work and ...

my name is Cassie numark and I'm an

animal control officer when I get a call it's usually you know a citizen or someone else called in so they saw an animal running loose I will get the call on my radio for my dispatchers because it usually comes through the police department what I do is I go out and get in the truck drive out there to see if I can find the animal sometimes they're gone they've gone home you know a lot of times dogs or just out for a little having a little venture then they go home sometimes they've already gone home by the time i get there if I do find the animal though i'll usually you'll pick it up we'll take it down to the shelter we do a microchip scan to see if there's a microchip then you own our information check for tags and all that as well and then we'll notify the owner if we can find any information on the dog so the owner can come clean the animal I have an animal control officer for five years after I you know found the position was open I did some research I actually wrote along with an active animal control officer ever at the for San Diego County I did enjoy everything that I saw with working with her I enjoyed everything that I found when I

was researching it and just because of my love of animals I thought I'd do a good job with it and I have been so far I think the advice I would probably give someone who is interested in becoming an animal control officer would be you know you definitely have to be a very reasonable kind of a pragmatic person because you are going to see some bad things you're going to see animal abuse students see animals that aren't taken care of and you have to be able to get through that and help those animals you know logically and calmly the types of animals that I normally interact with our anything domestic so that could be anything from a dog to even a stray rabbit pick up stray rabbits reptiles we've had blonde is running loose before birds like parakeets cockatiels so if it's any kind of domestic animal that is an animal that I definitely could impound and take to the shelter try to find an owner form we also do wildlife if it is injured wildlife they are wild animals they are free to roam in their habitats so it's not something that we would handle we actually do not pick up cats as strays cats can actually roam freely a lot of animal control agencies

like to tell people cats are just free spirits and they are it's kind of a catch-22 for the cats though because while they have more freedom they do have less protections you know the dog were to run out and get a cat out in the street that cat wouldn't be protected because it is roaming society definitely has some set ideas on pit bulls & definitely in the media you do hear about them a lot if you know what kind of dog they are they're pretty easy to handle they're very loyal dogs they're very people friendly which you I not think because of the media the breed of animal that I have the most problems with in terms of animals that have been aggressive towards near actually chihuahuas I don't think anybody really sees that coming but they are they are small dogs living a big world so you know their way down here on the ground you come up trying to help them they don't know it so they you know they're kind of nervous breed as well and a very protective breed kind of bothers me actually is a lot of people think that that we kill animals and I get a lot of people where I'll be out in the street I'll pick up a stray dog

getting it out of this video getting on the roads wasn't hit by a car and the first thing people tell me is like well don't take that to the shelter because they're going to kill it which is not true at all especially in San Diego all of our shelters are no kill so the animals that are in a shelter you know there's always going to be some rate of euthanasia but those animals are usually ones that are behaviorally unhealthy or untreatable so it'd be a liability for us to adopt them out like they're aggressive they're vicious dogs and the only other reason that usually an animal might be euthanized is because of a medical reason like an untreatable medical reasons I would always recommend that people adopt overbreeding or buying animals especially because I don't think a lot of people see just the sheer amount of animals that come to the shelter and they are purebred animals and the statistics are actually one in four animals in a shelter is a purebred a lot of people have some misguided notions about shelters that there's only strays there or they're only bad dogs there and they are just dogs they're they're good

dogs that have gotten out of their homes and no one came to claim them people bring them to the shelter because they can no longer care for them so coming to a shelter is a really good place to find your new family pet because there's so many dogs they're just waiting for new homes I think daily it's it's easy to get emotionally involved in being an animal control officer because we do see a lot of the bad sides of pet ownership we do see some neglect some abuse and that is part of the job as being able to see these things that normally people would be very upset over and being able to kind of overcome that emotion being an animal control officer you are in the position to help them so that does help out getting out over any feelings of sadness or anger that someone would do this to an animal being in that position to just make sure that you can get that animal to a better place but I'm hold on hope and I won't let you choke on the noose around your neck and I my strength in pain I will change my ways although my name as its old again you