Published on May 29, 2024

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Most people don't think much about it, but Animal Control is a vital part of YCSO, and the unit now has a new leader. Jordan Herrera was promoted to A.C. Sergeant after spending less than three years with the department.

Sheriff David Rhodes, who administered the oath of office to Herrera, told those gathered for the ceremony, "Animal Control is one of the most important parts of this agency because people love their animals, we get lots of calls, and how we handle those calls has a direct impact on how the public views us." 

Herrera joined YCSO in the summer of 2021. He will lead the unit which last year received almost 2500 calls for service originating from locations all over the 8100 square miles of Yavapai County. An Animal Control officer can put up to 500 miles a day on their YCSO vehicle responding to calls for things like neglect, barking dogs, animals roaming loose, aggressive behavior or hoarding of animals. The unit has handled calls not only for dogs and cats, but for horses, cattle and other livestock, and even an emu. Calls for wildlife (coyotes, javelina, bobcats, bears, etc) are handled by the AZ Game and Fish Dept and snakes are under the local Fire Departments. 

As summer heats up, Animal Control personnel encourage the public to make sure their pets and other animals have plenty of accessible water and shade. They also remind residents to make sure their pets' vaccinations are current. 

If you are interested in a career with YCSO including in Animal Control, go to ycsojobs.com or call 928-708-9276.

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