Written by Animal Control Director Marcia Maeda
In the second week of April, we celebrate the National Animal Control Assessment Week. The week is an opportunity to show gratitude to the animal control staff who make daily changes in the lives of animals and people.
Brianna Aguilar is an ACO I from Lancaster Animal Care Center. She joined DACC in January 2017 after four years as a veterinary assistant. Officer Aguilar loves to be an ACO because he feels full for the animals there. He likes to be their voice ը protector because he feels he understands them. He considers it rewarding to educate people and change the lives of animals. Helping animals is something he looks forward to every time he comes to work և he is going to make sure he is ready to take on the ACO’s daily challenges on the field.
According to fate, August 11, 2021 was not another working day for Officer Aguilar. It started when he was a little tired that day, he thought briefly about taking a day off. After a short hesitation, he gathered enough motivation ինչպես, like the clockwork, to report on his morning field shift. Upon arrival, he was informed that an ambulance was waiting for the cat. Nothing could prepare him for the news… The ambulance call was for a kitten, a very big kitten. The cat was a mountain lion in a residential area near the city of Lancaster.
Arriving at the scene, he was greeted by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies, who asked him to guide them on how to proceed. Officer Aguilar bravely and systematically assessed the situation, read the body language of a mountain lion and thought: “This is a big cat. What would a cat do in this situation? ” He logically assessed the website and initiated to make a program with the deputies. He noticed that the mountain lion was hiding in the bushes nearby, he explained that the bushes give the mountain lion a place to hide or not to bother. The area where the frightened mountain lion was surrounded so that the lion would not be threatened or try to escape. He stayed close enough to prevent it from coming out and wreaking havoc on nearby busy streets.
Officer Aguilar was able to control the mountain lion, protect public safety, until the California Fish և Wildlife Department arrived and safely calmed him down. However, the CDFW staff did not have a car to transport the mountain lion. Officer Aguilar was instructed to safely transport the mountain lion to a safe place, where he was returned to nature.
“Spa Aguilar is an example of compassionate animal control officers who advocate for the safety of animals, people, kindness, courage and professionalism,” said Marcia Maeda, director. “We applaud the brave women and men who have made this profession their profession; we recognize the strong contribution they make every day in our communities.” One never knows what it will be like to work as an Animal Control Officer. Officer Brianna Aguilar has risen to the position of Animal Welfare Officer, which changed that happy day.
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