Employment by county commission of persons to enforce laws for prevention of cruelty to animals, compensation, oath and powers of same.
The county commissions of the respective counties of this state may employ a suitable person or persons who shall be charged specially with the duty of enforcing all laws for the prevention of cruelty to animals, and to fix the compensation of such officer or officers, which shall be paid in the same manner as other salaries of county employees are paid, and such officer or officers, upon taking the oath as required to be taken by deputy sheriffs, shall be vested with all powers
now vested by law in deputy sheriffs.
(Acts 1911, No. 127, p. 112; Code 1923, 83217; Code 1940, T.3, 813.)
Any county or municipality may appoint one or more trained agents to inspect alleged violations
of this article, to protect dogs or cats from any cruelty charged, and to prevent any cruelty to any
Local governing body duly called with notice.
(Act 2000-615, p. 1252, 83.)
Any locality employing an animal control officer or deputy animal control officers may appoint them as agents to inspect alleged violations of the dog and cat cruelty law, once they have received AACA certification.
Animal control officers: records
An animal control officer, upon taking custody of any animal in the course of fulfilling his or Her duties, shall immediately make a record of the matter to include:
a. The date in which the animal was taken into custody
b. The date of the making of the record.
c. A physical description of the animal to include but not limited to; species, color, breed, sex, approximate age; approximate weight; any identification on the animal, any special
d. The reason for taking custody of the animal
e. The location where the animal was taken into
f. Name and address of the owner of the animal, if known
g. The disposition of the animal Records required by this subsection shall be maintained by the locality employing the animal control officer for 7 years and shall be made available for public inspection upon request