Animal Control

Town of Matthews

Posted: September 2, 2021
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Position Summary
**Hiring Salary: $36,794 – $47,831**
**Salary Range: $36,794 – $57,029**

Performs responsible public safety and code enforcement work enforcing animal control ordinances in the Town.
An employee in this class is responsible for enforcing animal control ordinances. The majority of time is spent in the patrol of the Town, responding to animal control calls, investigating complaints concerning stray or wild and domestic animals and enforcing state and county animal control laws. Work also includes setting traps for nuisance and vicious animals; taking custody of stray and mistreated animals; issuing appropriate summons; organizing public education programming; and investigating dog bites, contacting owners and ordering quarantine of animals. Initiative is required in the effort to ensure that citizens comply with laws and regulations, and considerable tact is necessary in dealing with the public. The employee is subject to hazards in public safety and code enforcement work including working in inside and outside environments and the risks involved in handling rabid or vicious animals. The employee is also subject to OSHA Standards on blood borne pathogens. Independent judgment must be exercised in deciding what action to take if animals cannot be readily captured. Work is performed under general supervision and is evaluated for effective management of animal issues and public acceptance.
Essential Function of the Job
• Patrols the Town to enforce animal control laws and ordinances; investigates complaints and picks up stray animals; takes apprehended animals to the shelter.
• Responds to calls concerning wild and feral animals.
• Provides public education programming, including organizing rabies clinics and special adoptions and making presentations to schools.
• Issues appropriate warnings and citations for violations of animal control ordinances; testifies in court when necessary.
• Operates a pick-up truck and animal handling equipment; sets traps and cages to collect wild and vicious animals.
• Investigates reports of animal bites, and enforces laws requiring confinement of animals for observation.
• Assists citizens with wild animal issues.
• Investigates cases of cruelty to animals and recommends appropriate action; may seize endangered animals; takes wounded animals to veterinarians or to the County shelter for care.
• Maintains completed records and prepares reports on activities.
• Maintains annual state certification for the program.
• Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Considerable knowledge of state laws and local ordinances relating to rabies, animal control and confinement of animals.
• Considerable knowledge of methods of safely capturing and caring for animals.
• Considerable knowledge of breeds of animals to aid in identification of lost pets and to know aggressiveness of various breeds.
• Skill in collaborative conflict resolution and customer contact.
• Skill in the use of catch poles, traps and office technology.
• Ability to deal constructively and tactfully with the public, and to maintain composure in stressful situations.
• Ability to maintain accurate reports, to develop legal citations and warnings, and to testify in court when necessary.
• Ability to operate a motor vehicle.

Physical Requirements and Education
• Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, and performing repetitive motions.
• Must be able to perform heavy work exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, an/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently and/or 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
• Must possess the visual acuity to operate a vehicle and distinguish details and differences when observing breeds and colors of animals, and to prepare records.