Woodlake to hire animal control specialist

The City of Woodlake is seeking a candidate for an Extra Help-Animal Control Specialist position.

The term of the position will be from October 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. The Employee will work 15-20 hours per week.

This position will provide a solution to citizens concerns about feral dogs that have attacked not only other dogs but residents in the city as well.

Woodlake Police Chief Marquez and City Administrator Ramon Lara noted the strides Woodlake had been making. The City was catching three to five dogs per week which was many more than previous year.

In February Lara noted that the City would like to do more but was short on the funds to staff the position but to dispose of the animal as well.

Until now the City’s best options were to purchase more traps, drafting stricter animal control ordinances, and educating the public.

This Animal Control position will be a contract position, under general supervision of the Public Works Supervisor. The candidate will be responsible for capturing and impounding unlicensed stray and uncontrolled animals, casing and securing animals, transporting animals to designated shelter, supplying food and water to detained animals and maintaining files of number of animals impounded and disposition of each.

Duties may also include cleaning facilities and equipment such as dog pens and animal control trucks, educated the public about animal welfare and animal control laws and regulations and contacting animal owners to inform them that their pets are in the animal shelter.

To apply for this position, submit an application (which can be found on the city website www.cityofwoodlake.com ) to the City Clerk, City of Woodlake, 350 N. Valencia Blvd., Woodlake, CA 93286 by 4:00 p.m., September 19, 2014.

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