Why is Animal Control Important?Animal control tends to have a bad reputation but in reality it is a vitally important part of any community. Animal control officers have many duties that benefit the local community. For instance, they find and return lost pets, deal with potentially dangerous stray animals, and address diseased animals. These are three reasons that every community benefits from having well-trained animal control officers in their midst. Whether it is a wild animal or a family pet that needs assistance, these officers know how to handle a potential animal problem.
Another important task of animal control officers is to address any stray animals. Stray animals could be pets as discussed above. They could also be wild animals that could be potentially harmful to citizens. Often, when wild animals stray from their natural habitats they do so because they are hungry and become aggressive which can be very dangerous for children, pets, and adults alike. Even stray pets can be a big problem because young children in particular do not think before they reach out to pet or play with an animal. This can lead to serious injuries which animal control officers are able to reduce and control.
There are many diseases that animals can pick up and animal control staff is well trained on how to effectively handle them. The most commonly known disease is rabies which all animal control staff are trained to address. Both family pets and wild animals can get rabies which can be spread to other animals as well as people through biting. Rabies is a scary disease that makes animals aggressive and if it weren’t for animal control officers, there would likely be many more cases. Rabies, however, is not the only disease that animals can spread. Animal control officers are trained to spot any potentially harmful disease and deal with it accordingly.
Unfortunately, both pets and wild animals may get hit by cars, die from illness, or be killed in some other way on public or private property. Animal control officers know how to safely and efficiently dispose of animal remains. This is particularly important because some animal remains may contain diseases which animal control officers dispose of in a sanitary manner. In addition, animals that are hit by cars could potentially cause additional traffic issues because of their location. Either way, animal control officers deal with this unfortunate and messy task so that other citizens do not have to do so.