CASPER, Wyo. — So far in 2019, Casper Police Department animal protection officers have responded to 3,196 calls.
Most of those calls have been for stray animals.
“The top three calls Animal Protection Officers respond to are for stray animals (1,651), animal problems (715), and animal noises (207),” the CPD said on Friday, July 12.
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On weekdays, there are an average of three animal protection officers on duty. The majority of calls they respond to come from Casper.
“The Casper community alone is responsible for 2,499 of those calls, while Evansville, Bar Nunn, and Natrona County make up the remaining 697,” the police department added.
“For context, Animal Protection Officers have responded to 13.19% of all Casper Police Department total calls thus far in 2019.”
Public Information Officer Rebekah Ladd talked about the role animal protection officers play in the community.
“The job that our Animal Protection Officers are responsible for in this community is invaluable,” she said. “The animal expertise and empathy they bring to the job every day allows us as a department to provide a full scope of services to our community.”
“Animal-related calls are a significant portion of what we respond to and having officers that specialize in this area allows us to provide a higher level of professionalism to all members of our community – both two-legged and four legged.”
Animal protection officers work to ensure that animals are treated well and they investigate any reports of abuse or maltreatment.
“These officers also help to protect citizens from potentially dangerous animals, such as venomous snakes, by utilizing their specialty training to safely find and capture them,” the CPD said.
“Animal Protection Officers also respond to calls of animal bites, vicious animals, dead or deceased animals, missing animals, and sick animals.”