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To the Rescue: Facing the Flames

Wildfires don't deter animal control supervisor from saving hundreds of pets, livestock

Wildfires don't deter animal control supervisor from saving hundreds of pets, livestock

Todd Stosuy, of the Santa Cruz County (Calif.) Animal Services Authority, calls to a dog on the loose as the home of the pet's owners burns to the ground. SHMUEL THALER/SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL
Todd Stosuy (pronounced “STO-see”) doesn’t mind having his feet held to the fire— in fact, that’s when he does his best work.

Stosuy, 32, proved that in rather heroic fashion during a series of three wildfires (dubbed Summit, Martin, and Trabing) that raged in May and June of 2008 in Santa Cruz County, Calif.

Stosuy is the supervising animal services field manager for the Santa Cruz County Animal Services Authority, where he’s been employed since 2003. The agency has a staff of 35, including four animal control officers and Stosuy.

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