In this blog, I am continuously exploring and suggesting new approaches to capturing and handling dogs. The most proficient individuals who do this are animal control officers and I wish to make it very clear that I honor their skills, knowledge, and experience.
It is common around the world for the village or city or regional animal control to hire the poorest, least educated dog catchers to do what is perceived as the dirty work. There is no sense of humane treatment or animal protection. And in some countries, especially where rabies is endemic and dogs run the streets, there is a bounty for people to bring in as many dead dogs as they can. I have seen photos of a motor scooter with 5 dead dogs piled across the front and back.
Here in North America, the National Animal Control Association and state ACAs have developed strong professional programs “to define and promote professionalism in the animal protection care and humane law enforcement field by providing quality services, education, training, and support.” (from NACA Mission Statement) I believe they have developed the highest standards in the world and fortunately their achievements are improving the standards in other nations. (more…)