As part of National Animal Control Officer Week, we want to highlight our officers that work around animals and wildlife on a daily basis, often risking their lives to protect the public.
For 10 years, Officer Bill Carpenter has worked with OPD's Animal Services. He says what inspired him to take the job was the desire to work with animals and help the community.
"The cruelty investigation side of the job and working in the community encompass many facets," Officer Carpenter explains, "We go from being animal control officers to psychologist, psychiatrist, family, friend, enemy, counselor, and doctor to humans and animals."
"If one had to pick a singular aspect of the job that is gratifying, it has to be wildlife management." Officer Carpenter's skills learned in the Army and through hunting have been useful in tracking and capturing dangerous wildlife and preventing the spread of possible zoonotic diseases in our community.
Thank you, ACO Supervisor Bill Carpenter, for your dedication in serving and protecting the animals and people in our community!