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Amarillo, TX – At today’s City Council meeting, Animal Control Interim Director Scott McDonald unveiled a comprehensive new website feature aimed at reuniting the greatest possible number of lost pets with their owners.
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Amarillo, TX – Shannon Barlow has retired from her position as assistant director of Animal Control effective today. Scott McDonald, the City’s chief building official, continues to serve as interim director of Animal Control, and reports directly to Bob Cowell, assistant city manager of development services.Amarillo, TX - Animal Control officers recently completed a week-long training course to become certified as National Animal Cruelty Investigators.
Teachers from the University of Missouri Extension Law Enforcement Training Academy traveled to Amarillo to teach the course. They offered extensive training on how to deal with animal cruelty cases and how to gather enough information to properly present cases in court.
"Animal cruelty classes that we go through are very important," said Animal Control officer Jason Cook. "It gives us all a chance to learn more about how to investigate them so we can do a better job getting them prosecuted. If people need to go to jail for it, we're better witnesses so that we can prosecute them better."
"When we have access to this level of training, it really makes it nice to get these guys through and get them exposed to some things that they normally might not see, and may never see in their career," said Assistant Director of Animal Control Shannon Barlow. "But a good knowledge of how to work the case is always better to be prepared for how we present that case later."
Barlow said Animal Control officers need specialty training because of the types of cases they handle in Amarillo. "Blood sports are around, where you have people fighting dogs. And with fighting dogs, you've got gambling, you've got guns, a lot of drugs and different things that are associated with that. So that brings in a lot of different agencies on those particular cases. So unfortunately, we do have that level of need for training."
She said they also deal with a lot of cases involving abuse of exotic animals. Almost half of their officers are now certified for animal cruelty investigations. Staff members from the Humane Society and some local law enforcement officers also gained certification through the course.
Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10Amarillo, TX – Two ordinances approved by City Council earlier this month – one clarifying enforcement authority of animal control and police officers and the other concerning proper treatment of animals in the City of Amarillo – became effective Monday, June 23. The animal cruelty ordinance adds to state laws already in place.Amarillo, TX – Animal Control has a new name and new objectives. The new name – Animal Management & Welfare – reflects the City’s objectives to: enhance enforcement of existing laws and codes, enhance existing laws and codes to improve their effectiveness, manage the stray animal population and increasing the live release rate at the shelter. More than just a new name, these changes reflect a new way of conduct – one of inclusion, transparency and of compassion. These principles will continue to shape the City’s efforts moving forward.