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
In regards to an Injured domestic animal, an officer would be dispatched to the location of the animal, if it is located and can be taken into our custody we would transport the animal to the Forest South Animal Hospital. The hospital staff would scan the animal for micro-chip and if an owner is known they would be notified. If the animal is not micro-chipped then the animal hospital would evaluate the injury to see if treatment is an option or euthanasia is necessary according to their policies and procedures.
In regards to a domestic animal being located deceased on the public right away in the village, the animal will be recovered and transported to the Forest South Animal Hospital to be scanned for micro-chip. If it is chipped the owner will be notified if it is not the animal hospital will follow their procedure for disposal of the deceased animal. In this instance a call would have been generated and the particulars about the animal would be entered into that call with information such as breed, wearing a collar etc…
The Richton Park Police Department does not set traps for animals.