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Voice: Animal control officer's time better spent picking up vicious dogs

May 26, 2001

This letter is in response to the people who wrote PROBE complaining about how the county animal control officer failed to pick up their dead dog when they called. They were upset that they had to grieve over the loss with the body still present.

What would they have done if they were alive 80 years ago when the deceased body of a human stayed in the house until the funeral a week later? The animal control officer's time is better spent picking up vicious dogs rather than deceased ones.

Be glad you don't live in the city of El Centro where there is only one animal control officer who works Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Imagine walking outside and finding a stray pit bull in your yard and having no one to call to pick it up. The police dispatchers want you to confront the dog first to see if it's vicious enough to send a police officer.

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The City Council cut the other animal control position when they laid off several employees in 1994 and have yet to reinstate the position. Many people feel that it won't be reinstated until one of the council's family members is attacked at a time when the current animal control officer is off duty.

ALISON MILLER

El Centro

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