Letter to the Editor

Don't demean animal control officers

Sunday, March 18, 2018

(Editor’s note: The following letter is a response to comments made by county commissioners at a meeting on March 13. At

the meeting, where salaries were discussed, Commissioner Jimmy Woodson said “If we’re going to treat everybody equally they’d be making the same all the way to the guy at animal control. I don’t want to pay $90,000 to $100,000 (a year) to someone who’s going to be going and catching a dog.”)

To the Editor,

This is so insulting and wrong.

What do they think a dog catcher is?

First off they are not dog catchers they are certified Animal Control Officers. They go to continuous training to learn about animal cruelty, abuse and neglect. They have to deal with hoarding cases, people who let their animals sit and die due to neglect, abuse, starvation and otherwise not caring what happens to animals in general.

They also have to make people understand about the rabies laws and people just letting their animals running loose all over the county while trying to explain to people that we need to spay and neuter due to the overwhelming animal population in Bedford County.

They are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, risking their lives everyday. It’s so wrong that the Bedford County Commissioners would say such

a thing about Bedford County Animal Control Officers. You all need to stop and seriously think about what it would be like without them.

Jimmy Woodson and all the Commissioners need to understand what all goes into the everyday operation of Bedford County Animal Control. It’s not just catching dogs. Please stand up and support your Animal Control.

Pam Phelps