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Animal Control Officer

Lexington Humane Society

This is a Full-time position in Lexington, KY posted November 23, 2021.

Animal Control Officer

Key Accountabilities:

  • Knows, understands, and enforces current laws and ordinances
  • Completes all ACO activities consistent with Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
  • Prioritizes compassionate and humane treatment of animals
  • Patrols the city and responds to calls from dispatch
  • Picks up strays and animals in danger
  • Achieves and maintains citation authority
  • Interfaces with the public to inform, educate, and resolve animal-related issues
  • Impounds, vaccinates, and houses animals per protocol
Notifies owners of impounded animals

  • Interprets situations, partners with the Vet Tech department when necessary, and provides basic care for animals as needed
  • Responds positively to structured hierarchy and constructive feedback
  • Maintains exemplary driving record
  • Operates dispatch as needed
  • Assists Cruelty Investigator as necessary
  • Interfaces with other agencies and departments
  • Compiles evidence and appears in court as necessary
  • Processes incoming animals per protocol
  • Completes paperwork as necessary
  • Completes and maintains computerized documentation of animals

Are you someone who embraces others with compassion, respect, and a willingness to help? Are you passionate about animals? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of citizens and animals in our community? Lexington-Fayette Animal Care & Control (LFACC) could be the place for you!

Animal Control Officers (ACO) respond to calls for service to assist citizens with animal-related concerns, enforce laws/ordinances, patrol the community, and educate the public on responsible pet ownership.

ACOs function at a higher level of independence, self-direction, judgement, and interaction with the public. Candidates must be able to read, understand, and explain applicable state and local laws, regulations and ordinances; obtain cooperation and compliance from members of the public; analyze a situation and adopt a course of action; exercise tact and independent judgement in dealing with the public; speak to a wide range of people.

Candidates must be at least 21 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent, have a valid driver’s license, and submit to a background and motor vehicle check. Candidates must also successfully complete a 60-day recruit training and National Animal Control Association training.
OPEN AVAILABILITY AND WILLINGNESS TO WORK ANY SHIFT IS A MUST. Candidates must be available to work an overnight, on-call shift in rotation with other Animal Control Officers.

This position requires a strong commitment to the mission and purpose of Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control (LFACC) and the Lexington Humane Society (LHS).
  • Exciting work environment
  • Opportunities to work with and help animals everyday
  • Opportunities for career advancement
  • Hand-on training and professional development
  • Uniforms and safety/communication equipment
  • Weekly pay
  • Eligibility to participate in a Pet Wellness Program for your owned pets
  • 20% merchandise discount