The Community Service Officer (CSO) is responsible for enforcing local, state and federal laws relating to animals, and for appropriately resolving or referring complainants to the proper authority. During hours when the Community Service Officer is off duty, or if the CSO is otherwise unavailable, the following animal related calls for service will be handled by the appropriate on-duty officer.
Officers may be dispatched to animal related calls and should take appropriate actions to
control the situation. Due to the hazards of handling animals without proper equipment,
responding officers should use caution when attempting to capture and pick up any animal.
The following are examples of when an officer may be required to take immediate action:
(a) When there is a threat to the public safety.
(b) When animal has bitten someone, officers should take measures to confine the animal
and prevent further injury.
(c) When an animal is creating a traffic hazard.
(d) When the owner/handler has been arrested and there is no other alternative
placement for the animal.
(e) When the animal is gravely injured