It is nice to read positive public information regarding ACO's. Most people assume that Animal Control Officers are nothing more than the traditional "DOG CATCHER" when in fact this position requires much more training and experience than otherwise thought. I have been a Code Enforcement Officer for the Police Department for more than four years. I have graduated the police academy and received my state certification "POST" and thats only the beginning, in addition I was required to attend the ACO academy and certified in euthanasia, and tranquilizing vicious animals. I am also a state and nationally certified paramedic and utilize some of the same skills used in prehospital emergency care of people as I do with sick and injured animals. And the myth that some people have that we are under paid is only a myth! Most ACO's working for municipalities are paid the same as patrol officers and are sworn peace officers. So those of you that think ACO'S can't issue summon's or have the authority to effect an arrest, think again! this career is more than chasing a dog with a catch pole.