CHARLOTTE, NC (Feb. 12, 2021) – On Thursday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Care & Control was selected by the National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) as the 2020 Outstanding Animal Care & Control Agency.
This award is presented to an individual agency that best promotes and exemplifies professionalism in the animal care and control field. This award's selection criteria include effective training programs for personnel, outstanding and innovative public education programs, active community involvement, and average officer-response time to calls for assistance.
Instead of slowing down during the COVID-19 pandemic, Animal Care & Control was able to turn the situation into many positives. Staff adapted and continued to save lives while finding creative ways to provide seamless response with field services. Officers continued training on topics such as dog fighting, animal abuse and handling wildlife issues through virtual learning environments. Animal Care & Control transitioned 11 animal control officers to human animal support services officers assigned to work in the community assisting pet owners.
"CMPD Animal Care & Control is deeply honored to be named NACA's 2020 Agency of the Year. 2020 was a challenging year, but our team and our community pulled together to make the best of a bad situation," said Animal Care & Control Director Josh Fisher. "As I have said before, related to other topics, this success is none of ours alone. This success belongs to everyone in the Charlotte- Mecklenburg community. I am so proud of the work that each member of CMPD Animal Care & Control does every day, and I am appreciative to NACA for their support of this incredible team."
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