Baltimore County Animal Control

Baltimore County Animal Control

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Woodstock, MD

#1 Oct 9, 2007
So Gardina wants tougher restrictions on pitbulls and pit mixes in the county and it's up to ACO to enforce these restrictions. Who are they kidding? Animal Control officers in Baltimore county are merely a taxi service for residents that don't want their pets anymore, they call animal control, who make it too easy to give up their pets, and it's like a taxi service, an officer shows up to take your pet to the shelter to be euthanized. These officers receive no formal training to become an ACO. They may attend a one or two day seminar on black bears or an equine seminar for a day, but just having a high school diploma and a driver's license will get you the title of an ACO. Unlike the shelter workers that are required to have experience. Most ACO's have a hard time telling the sex of an animal, let alone classifying the breed of a dog. Forget for a moment that Baltimore County Animal Control has any regard for abused or neglected animals. They insist their hands are tied and can do nothing to pursue animal cruelty charges for owners that let their animals starve to death, or live with treatable sickness and injuries to point of euthanizing the animal to put it out of pain. Baltimore County Animal Control is very efficient in trapping feral cats and taking them to the shelter to be held for four days, then euthanized. Baltimore County Animal Control is very good at looking the other way on known dog-fighting activities in the county. So if intentions are to hire more ACO's the county and the AC supervisor need to look to other counties and develop a structured training program that provides more than how to read a map of Baltimore County.
George Hariken

Woodstock, MD

#2 Oct 10, 2007
You can't blame the animal control officers for shortcomings in the administration hiring policies. Those responsible are the ones directly in charge. They deal with this on a daily basis and should at least know what their department should have in order to perform the job including qualified personnel.
Kristin Hudson

United States

#4 Mar 5, 2008
My first comment is to Tom of Rosedale. You must be a uneducated MD resident on the topic of proper pet ownership to make such a stupid remark.

Make people tend to thier own dogs and cats!

Do you think the owners of pit bulls who use them for fighting are going to wake up one day and say wow, this is wrong, and I need to stop because the money I make off this, and the linked crime and criminals will all go away like in a child story book? You have to be kinding yourself, but then again my first impression was your one of those who abuse, and mistreat your pets, or neighbors pets.

You have no idea what it takes to do the job of any Animal Control Officer. I am currently attending school to better my chances to gain a job as a Animal Control Officer. And its because I am sick of the on going abuse, and lack of common sense, of how to care for animals I am seeking the job. Do research before you begin making stupid remarks, you make me want to just scream...people like you are why they need dedicated Aniaml Control Officers.
emily -pasadena md

Laurel, MD

#5 Mar 13, 2008
I totaly agree with you - Animal control officers I am sure are faced with some horrific dealings how people mistreat their animals. I give a lot of credit to those who go out and help the voiceless - Does anyone watch Animal Planet and see how people mistreat abuse their animals?? I say you dont have a child or pet if you can not handle the responsibility that goes along with it - People are unreal they get a dog and automatically they think it knows what its suppose to do PEOPLE SPAY AND NEUTER AND DONT GET AN ANIMAL IF YOU CANNOT TREAT IT RIGHT OR DONT HAVE THE TIME.

Northville, MI

#6 Apr 20, 2008
To all of you Learn how to spell check

Columbus, IN

#7 Aug 9, 2008
Suzanne, contribute something useful or dont type anything at all moron.

Upperco, MD

#8 Aug 9, 2010
Just came across this post, had to put my two cents in.....

The animal control officers of Baltimore County animal control are simply put "unskilled". Some have no idea between a male or female cat! Most will leave a dying animal in a cage for shelter staff to deal with! They attend a seminar to perform euthanasia but they will not euthanize anything, including animals suffering on their trucks. They bring them back to the shelter half dead for the staff to euthanize, this after being in a van all day. If water bowls weren't already in the kennels and cages, the officers wouldn't take the time to give the animals water. Most of their days are spent doing personal business, shopping, banking, visiting friends, etc. Most have to ask shelter staff "what breed is the dog". They are supposed to scan animals they pick up, and mark the impound slip. They have been told don't scan but do mark the impound slip that you did scan the animals. Numerous animals have been scanned inside the shelter by staff after coming in from the officers only to find their is a chip.
They make decent money, have great benefits and stop taking calls by 2pm daily, except for the officer on call. So what do they complain about, having their overtime cut! Most are not compassionate about the animals, have no concern for the animals welfare once they dump them at the shelter and only look forward to retiring. Most will not tell people surrenders their animals they will most likely be euthanized coming off the vans.
These animal control officers are less than competent to perform any duty associated with being a good animal control officer. Don't confuse these officers with the dedicated animal control officers you see on television or other animal control agencies throughout Maryland.
Sheila Powell

Manchester, MD

#9 Nov 19, 2010
I just happened on this topic and, I can't help but to comment.

Baltimore County Animal Control both the officers and the director have little, if any, regard for the animals. Seriously! Can you imagine working with animals that you hold them in such a low regard? Baltimore County Animal Control could be a model facility for the rest of the country. Instead they are one of the worst - how shameful!
Should an ACO find a starving animal that is need of immediate care on someone's property, it's at the discretion of the ACO whether or not to take the animal, knowing this type of action is discouraged by management. The animal will be taken back to the shelter where little medical help is available, they have a visiting vet two times a week, staff will do what can be done to make the animal comfortable. Seeking outside medical help is also discouraged, budget doesn't allow for such emergencies.

To even compare this facility with the compassionate ones as seen on tv is a disgrace to those ACO's who go above and beyond to save lives, and the shelters that are progressive in their efforts to save many more lives.

Baltimore County Animal Control is an agency where employees have found a safe comfortable place to wait out their retirement.

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