Do You Love Animals? Perhaps You Might Want To Look Into Humane Law Enforcement Training
If the plight of animals left on the roadside after being hit by a car is something that moves you, perhaps you might want to consider looking into humane law enforcement training. Although there are not many humane law enforcement programs, the ones that do exist cover a wide range of areas concerning cruelty to animals.
For example, officers must be conversant with local laws concerning animals, including domestic, farm, laboratory or zoo animals. Humane law enforcement officers investigate acts of cruelty to animals, arrest those who commit such acts and educate the public about prevention of cruelty to animals. This can be a very high stress occupation, but one in which there is also a great deal of reward.
Animal Control Officer
Humane Law enforcement equips officers to perform basic animal health and first aid examinations. There are times when officers are called to investigate incidents of abuse or such outrages as dog fighting or cock fighting, for example. An animal control officer who has humane law enforcement training can recognize cases of animal hoarding, which is the obsessive collection of animals by someone who is not mentally or physically or emotionally equipped to care for them. These poor animals often suffer great physical harm such as malnourishment or neglect, and often horrific abuse.
Such incidences must be investigated, documented thoroughly, and the animals either taken for medical care or put down. Often, officers are called upon to investigate breeders. From time to time we hear of "puppy mills". This is breeding of dogs or cats without regard to their health or safety or quality of life. Sometimes these animals are sold to pet stores regardless of their physical condition. An officer with a humane law enforcement certification can recognize sick animals and knows the law regarding the sale of a sick animal, and has the authority to confiscate the animals and require both the reader and the pet store owner to rectify conditions.
Dealing With Natural Disasters
Humane Law enforcement officers also deal with natural disasters and caring for animals following such incidents. They also investigate abuse of exotic animals or laboratory animals. Officers with humane law enforcement training can find employment opportunities with the ASPCA (American Society For The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), or municipalities with animal control facilities.
Officers will make patrol, looking for unconfined animals, that is animals that are not behind a fence or in a kennel, but running loose in presenting a danger to themselves and to others. If you are interested in this challenging and exciting field, check with your local animal control facility or the ASPCA.
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