The National Animal Care & Control Association wants to recognize the support we have received from the Petco Foundation. The Petco Foundation has made a commitment to NACA for the next three years totaling $225,000 in funding support. The Petco Foundation has been a longtime supporter of NACA and the professionals working the frontlines of their communities every day.
NACA Statement on Officer Safety
In this challenging time, we are deeply concerned for the safety of animal control officers around the nation, who continue their work of saving lives and protecting pets and people. Despite the varying situations happening in many of our cities, we want you to know we are with you and thinking of you during this troubling time. We are here for you. Please be safe out there!
In an effort to provide guidance to agencies operating the essential service that is Animal Control, NACA has developed the following recommendations:
– Receive direction from local law enforcement on areas that will be of risk, closed or otherwise have restricted access, and those determined safe for regular responses.
– Agencies should adjust responses as appropriate per the direction received from law enforcement.
– If an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is active in your community, ensure that an Agency representative is available to receive briefings and coordinate with other Agencies quickly. Time and effective communication are paramount in these situations.
– Establish policies for the protection of officers to include individual safety measures, personal protective equipment, and law enforcement support as needed. Refer to the NACA guidelines specifically on the safe use of personal protection equipment
– Provide daily briefings of the evolving situation in the community (non-animal related).
– Ensure any staff working in the field or in a vulnerable position always have at least 2 forms of communication (cell phone, radio, laptop, etc.) in help ensure emergency communication, if needed, is available.
The unfortunate incident that occurred last week in which police officers pepper-sprayed a domestic cat could have been avoided with proper training
Law enforcement officers are trained for a variety of different situations; however, rarely are expected to interpret animal behavior. In this incident, the body camera footage shows a cat displaying non-aggressive and social feline behaviors.
Animals have become an integral part of the family and community, so it is extremely important for law enforcement to receive training on these increasingly frequent encounters. Unfortunately, there are no comprehensive training programs or training requirements for law enforcement officers nationwide. Keeping people and animals safe requires collaboration between law enforcement and animal control professionals. It is vitally important that law enforcement calls upon animal control professionals to assist them during animal involved incidents. Animal control officers are familiar with normal and aggressive animal behavior, and they have the equipment and training necessary for safe, humane animal handling.
We urge law enforcement and animal control to work together to avoid such incidents in the future.
The National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) applauds the US House of Representatives for passing the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (HR 724) today. We thank the House leadership for bringing this bill to the floor for a vote and Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL) for their steadfast support and hard work on getting this very important bill passed.
Federal law already prohibits animal fighting, as well as the creation of and trade in obscene videos showing egregious forms of cruelty, but the underlying cruelty itself is not banned. The PACT Act will create a federal anti-cruelty statute that complements the cruelty laws in the 50 states.
The Senate passed the PACT Act during the last Congress, so we are hopeful that it will move quickly to pass it again and get it sent to the White House for President Trump’s signature as soon as possible.
Photo Credit: U.S. Reps. Vern Buchanan and Ted Deutch held a press conference on the PACT ACT in July with the Humane Society.
This is the board for the next year. Congratulations to Cindy Walden, Dr. Josh Fisher, Kristen Hassen-Auerbach, Scott Giacoppo and Adam Ricci with their selections in this years process.
We hope everyone who attended this years conference had a great time. We are looking forward to Reno next year!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Law Enforcement and Animal Control Professionals Urge Pet Owners
to Bring Pets Inside as Weather Turns Deadly
Alexandria, VA – National Sheriffs’ Association’s National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse and the National Animal Care and Control Association are urging pet owners to bring their animals inside as meteorologists are predicting historically, extreme arctic temperatures this week, from the upper Midwest to Northeastern Seaboard.
“It can take just minutes for a dog or cat to freeze to death when temperatures dip below freezing,” said Chelsea Rider, NLECAA’s Director. “If it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for them, too,” she said. If you can’t bring your pet inside, Rider recommends making sure they have drinkable – not frozen – water and using moisture-wicking materials in housing (like straw).
“Animal control professionals and law enforcement officers are already overextended during this historic winter weather and this is something simple you can do to help ease that burden,” said John Thompson, NACA’s Executive Director.
Things to look out for in animals that signal hypothermia or frostbite include visible weakness, shivering, an inaudible heartbeat, and trouble breathing. And while some dogs may be acclimated to colder climates, it’s still important to monitor pets while they’re outside. Things like coat length, size, weight, conditioning, and age can all speed up or slow down the effects of cold weather.
If you see an animal that’s been outside for too long, Thompson recommends recording the time, date, location, and current temperature; take photos or video, if it can be done safely; and then relay that information to local law enforcement and animal control professionals. Make note of the animal’s behaviors and how long the animal has been outside.
For more tips, check out the American Veterinary Medical Association’s resource, Cold Weather Pet Safety: https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Cold-weather-pet-safety.aspx
About the National Sheriffs’ Association
The National Sheriffs’ Association is one of the largest associations of law enforcement professionals in the U.S., representing more than 3,000 elected Sheriffs across the nation, and with a total membership of more than 20,000. NSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among Sheriffs, their deputies, and others in the field of law enforcement, public safety, and criminal justice. Throughout its seventy-eight year history, NSA has also served as an information resource for all law enforcement, as well as State governments and the Federal government.
About the National Animal Care and Control Association
The National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) was formed in 1978 for the express purpose of assisting animal care and control professionals perform their duties in a professional manner. NACA is dedicated to raising the professionalism among animal care and control professionals and properly training them to assist communities with problems resulting from irresponsible animal ownership. NACA’s purpose is to preserve the Human/Animal Bond by insisting on responsible animal ownership.