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Maryland-based animal control academy is a hit with fresh-faced newbies and seasoned officers

Maryland-based animal control academy is a hit with fresh-faced newbies and seasoned officers

Like so many people in this field, Cathy Sullivan is trying to make changes for the animals in her community. But her challenges may be bigger than most: The police department in her city of Claremont, New Hampshire, doesn’t have a budget for animal control. While officers respond to reports of loose dogs, they refer all other calls to the local humane society or state wildlife officials.

Sullivan hopes to persuade the city to create an animal control position, but until then, she’s working in the electronics section of the local Wal-Mart, volunteering with the police department, and running her own small animal control operation that rescues and fosters out animals in need of homes. And as part of her mission to make it a government-sanctioned function, she wanted to get professional training so she’d be prepared to fulfill the official role if it’s ever created.

It was that passion that led her to pay her own way to attend the East Coast Animal Control Academy (ECACA), hosted by Carroll Community College in Westminster, Maryland.

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