The Animal Control Officer (ACO) is the local animal care and control professional. This person helps the public deal with problems caused by animals and works with other local agencies, such as social services and law enforcement, to protect all members of families, both two-legged and four-legged.
Animal care and control professionals now perform a variety of services that help animals as well as people, these services include:
Rescuing injured, abused or unwanted pets
Controlling stray and potentially dangerous pets roaming at large
Bringing lost pets to an animal shelter where their owners can reclaim them
Providing comfort and compassion to animals in need
Rescuing sick or injured wildlife
educating the public on humane solutions to wildlife issues