FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 10, 2017
Kansas City Animal Health and Public Safety officers are among a national contingent of professionals being recognized during Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week for their daily efforts to protect the public and animals in distress.
Endorsed by the National Animal Care & Control Association, the week was created to show appreciation to animal health officers and highlight the important work they do daily.This year the week being observed is April 9-15.
Kansas City’s animal health officers perform a variety of duties including enforcing city ordinances regarding animal health and public safety, protecting the public from animal threats, picking up strays and sick and injured animals, protecting animals from neglect, mistreatment and abuse and rescuing animals in distress.
“In a given week, or in a single day, we may rescue a trapped kitten, catch and relocate wild animals like possums or snakes, help a lost dog find its way home or testify in court against an abusive pet owner,” said James Donovan, special investigator.
Last year, the city’s Animal Health and Public Safety Division issued nearly 23,000 pet licenses and responded to almost 18,000 calls.
“Once our officers are dispatched, our goal is to respond to every call within 15 minutes,” said Patrick Egberuare, division manager. “Our animal health officers are highly-trained, dedicated professionals.”
For more information, contact Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department Communications/Community Liaison John Baccala at 816-513-3202, 816-520-6646 (cell) or by email.