Animals are a popular topic for movies and television because they provide heartwarming stories, emphasizing the inner gift of human-animal connection. Many wonderful TV shows and movies have helped raise public awareness of animal welfare, caring for them and the importance of protecting them in our society. Keeping animals in the spotlight is a good thing.
However, my toes twist, և my blood pressure rises when I see the incredibly offensive, inaccurate images of animal control staff on these forms of entertainment. I quickly searched the internet for “dog hunting” and was amazed by the number of movies that portrayed the “dog hunter” as an evil villain dating back to the early 1900s.
Even the term “dog-catching” is a derogatory, outdated label. The appropriate term is Animal Welfare Officer (ACO), Humanitarian Officer, or a similar professional title. In movies and television, ACOs are generally portrayed as vile, animal-hating, incompetent buffaloes. These caricatures do not accurately portray the hardworking, compassionate, dedicated women, and men who have chosen this career because they deeply believe in helping animals and the people who care for them.
ACOs work around the clock to protect and rescue animals in need. It’s a physically challenging’s emotionally charged tax profession, with little to no publicity, especially in the entertainment industry, thanks to ACOs. The reality of ACO’s work is far from false.
ACOs investigate animal cruelty հեռ neglect by removing animals from inhumane և offensive situations. They catch dangerous dogs that pose a threat to humans and other animals, preventing severe attacks and death. ACOs investigate cases of dangerous, defective dogs, and bring these cases to administrative or judicial review to place restrictions on keeping such animals.
ACOs are authorized rapporteurs on violence against children, the elderly, and dependent adults. Many times DACC ACOs have responded to calls to ignore animals only to find people at high risk. Our officers have received assistance from vulnerable people or law enforcement agencies many times.
ACOs respond to forest fires or other emergencies by working in hazardous conditions to rescue pets and livestock left behind by evacuated residents. These animals are housed in a temporary shelter, with the DACC providing care until they can be reunited with their owners.
ACOs enforce animal licensing and rabies laws. Rabies is almost 100% fatal, a painful death that has been virtually eradicated through pet rabies vaccination and licensing programs in the United States. Ensuring compliance with these laws has made our nation safer and healthier.
ACOs apply other important laws. These include mandatory sterilization / neutralization laws to reduce pet overcrowding և to reduce euthanasia. Microchip laws to ensure that pets have permanent identification if they are separated from their families. և Animal safety in pet-related businesses, such as pet stores, care facilities, boarding houses, etc. ACOs regularly assist law enforcement in issuing search warrants or securing animals so that police and sheriffs are not harmed by pets on the property.
Hollywood, I understand that history needs a good villain. Can’t you do better? I’m sure your creative writers can find better bad guys than the old dog breeze. What about dog fights (dog fighting is a crime և cruel, vicious act in which animals suffer terribly). How about cockroaches? It is also a crime and is widespread in many parts of the country. Dogmen are good evildoers. We have all heard heartbreaking, scary media stories about how people were shot or attacked when their favorite pets were stolen.
In all these cases, the NOC is a hero. an officer who breaks the fight of illegal animals. An officer who finds the stray dog scans its microchip and returns it to the family. an officer who saves horses from a burning barn. or an officer who sees an abused elder’s pet receiving the services and care they need.
In fact, the state of California recognizes the usefulness and value of ACOs through the State Certified Animal Control Responsible (CACO) program. ACOs must undergo rigorous training և experience in obtaining CACO certification պահպան to maintain their status through regular training. There are more than 300 CACOs in California, and about 50 of them work at DACC.
Please join me in thanking our ACOs for their dedication, compassion and courage. Hollywood, please continue this tribute by presenting ACOs as true professionals.
Marcia Maeda is the director of the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Welfare and Control.
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