Belton Welcomes Full-Time Animal Control Officers for Enhanced Service

Published on November 01, 2023


 Belton is proud to announce the addition of two Full-Time Animal Control Officers, Sara Spease and Brad Wicklander, to the city's dedicated team. Starting on November 19, 2023, they will begin their work in a 12-hour rotation, ensuring comprehensive coverage from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days a week. Additionally, they will be available on-call after hours as needed to provide essential support to the community.


These newly appointed Animal Control Officers are committed to enhancing the well-being of our pets and the community. Here's a comprehensive list of the services they will provide:


1. Catching and Trapping:

Sara and Brad will handle the capture and safe trapping of loose dogs to ensure the safety of both the animals and the community.


2. Investigation:

They will investigate cases related to animal neglect, abuse, dangerous dogs, and dog bites, working to uphold the safety and welfare of all animals.


3. Rabies Quarantines:

The officers will oversee and manage quarantines related to rabies, ensuring the health of both animals and humans.


4. Responsible Disposal:

They will responsibly collect and dispose of deceased animals found on city property, ensuring proper handling.


5. Reunification:

Sara and Brad will actively work towards reuniting lost pets with their owners, ultimately reducing the need for shelter intake.


6. Addressing Complaints:

They will address complaints related to animal noise and waste issues, promoting a peaceful and clean environment for all residents.


7. Rescue Operations:

In cases of sick, injured, or endangered lost/stray animals, our officers will be there to provide immediate rescue and support.


8. Resource Provision:

They will offer valuable resources for medical support, food, supplies, and provide free or reduced-cost vaccination clinics.


9. Support in Crisis:

Sara and Brad will assist pet owners facing challenging situations, including those dealing with incarceration and evictions.


10. Education and Outreach:

Promoting humane education and community outreach to foster a more compassionate and responsible pet ownership.


11. Community Cat Programs:

They will actively support community cat programs, specifically Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) initiatives.


For any assistance or inquiries related to these services, residents can contact animal control at 816-331-5522. With these expanded and comprehensive services, the City of Belton reiterates its unwavering commitment to the well-being of our pets and the community as a whole. Thank you, Sara and Brad, for your dedication and service to our city!

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