Animal Control Officers (ACO’s) will, at all times, perform in a professional manner and conduct themselves in a calm demeanor while dealing with the public. ACO's welcome opportunities to rescue animals and look to prosecute individuals who abuse them, provide impounded animals with humane care at the shelter until they are reunited with their owner, or adopted; educate the public about the realities of pet overpopulation and responsible pet ownership; or grant a humane and dignified death to surplus, unwanted, or diseased animals. Their job of protecting animals and the community involve education making presentations to groups of school children, or working with law enforcement to protect people and pets in a family. Animal Control Officers are not only concerned with an animal’s well-being but with the safety of our community.
ACO's must effectively communicate with animals and people to resolve problems. They may inspect animal-related complaints to be sure that animals are receiving adequate care, rescue trapped or injured animals, investigate animal bites and cruelty complaints, issue citations and file for prosecution of people who violate laws concerning animals. ACO’s work to protect stray, injured, abused and unwanted animals, and will never abuse or mistreat any animal nor allow another person to do so.
To accomplish all this, Animal Control Officers require knowledge of anti-cruelty and control laws, proper animal care standards, common animal diseases and treatments, and basic rules of criminal procedure.
ACO’s shall observe the seven (7) day period of keeping animals before other arrangements are made, as provided for in the animal control ordinance.
- Animals meeting the requirements for euthanasia, in accordance with the ordinance, will be handled in a humane manner as recognized by veterinary science and as authorized by the Chief of Police.
- A confined animal may be euthanized as an act of mercy if it is injured or diseased to prevent further suffering, to prevent the spread of disease, or because the animal is incurable. The euthanasia will be documented and records retained for one year. The ACO and/or a veterinarian may make this judgement.
ACO’s investigating animal bites are to instruct the owner to quarantine the animal for a period of ten (10) days, regardless of any vaccinations. The animal must be quarantined and under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian who will determine whether the animal is free from rabies. All expenses shall be the responsibility of the owner. During quarantine, the animal cannot be sold, given away, or moved to another state or location.
- ACO’s will remain very familiar with Title 3-7-1, Chapter 7 pertaining to the State law on rabies. ACO’s who investigate animal bites will present a copy of page 42 of the law to the owner of the animal. This page covers the confinement of animals which have bitten humans, particularly Section 3-7-9
The ACO staff maintains a close relationship with the Baldwin County Animal Shelter, BARC and The Haven “No-Kill” organizations.
The Daphne Animal Shelter or Animal Control does NOT handle wildlife removal calls for nuisances such as alligators, snakes, bobcats, birds or fox. If you need assistance in removal of wildlife, please call AAAC Wildlife Removal at 251-210-8897.