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Posted on: April 5, 2023

Lowndes County Board of Commissioners Recognize Animal Care and Control Officer Appreciation Week

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DATE:  Wednesday, April 5, 2023

CONTACT:  Meghan Barwick, Public Information Officer                                

Telephone: (229) 671-2400                                         




Lowndes County Board of Commissioners Recognize Animal Care and Control Officer Appreciation Week


Lowndes County, Georgia– National Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week is happening the week of April 9-15, 2023. This appreciation week recognizes Animal Care and Control's hard-working men and women. Like other public safety and law enforcement agents, Animal Care and Control personnel are devoted, compassionate people who risk their lives to ensure the safety and care of wild animals, pets, and people.  


Lowndes County currently has six Animal Control Officers. 

Animal Care and Control officers provide several services in Lowndes County, including: 

  • Assisting with injured, sick, or stray dogs and cats
  • Assisting with sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife
  • Investigating animal cruelty cases
  • Protecting and rescuing animals from provincial and federal laws related to animal care
  • Educating the public about wildlife and their behavior
  • Educating the public on the importance of pet identification with microchips or collar tags
  • Investigating and enforcing Animal Control By-laws (e.g., off-leash dogs, barking, licensing of dogs/cats)
  • Assisting other authorities, such as police or other emergency services and public health agencies when necessary, to protect animals and people
  • Protecting the public from diseases such as rabies


“Animal Care and Control personnel rescue helpless animals from abuse, starvation, injury, and disease. While their jobs can be difficult and often thankless, we appreciate their dedication to helping protect and help rescue wild animals or pets,” said Lowndes County Manager Paige Dukes. 

“We thank all of them for the hard work they do in our community daily,” said Dukes. “If you see an officer this week, say “Thank You!” 

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