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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 3/25/2011 

 PCSO Animal Control Named Agency of the Year by Florida Animal Control Association 

At the November Florida Animal Control Association (FACA) Educational Conference, the PCSO Animal Control facility was named the 2010 Agency of the Year. 

From FACA's recently published 1st Quarter 2011 newsletter:

“FACA’s highest agency honor went to POLK COUNTY SHERIFF ANIMAL CONTROL. If the sheer volume of the submission were a determining factor, this county would have won just on that. It helps that the materials presented were of excellent quality and offered a lot to be proud of and to share. This agency covers approximately 2,000 square miles with 585,000+ residents. They are proud of their partnerships with animal welfare groups, the county health department, Humane Society, Ridge Veterinary Medical Society, and approximately 90 not-for-profit 501(c)(3) agencies in their area. 

Their inmate work program saved their county approximately $ 250,000 in 2010. Year to date 2010, they have achieved 3,859 adoptions, held many local events and public presentations, to educate the public about responsible pet ownership and animal control laws. Programs include disaster preparedness, bite prevention, license compliance, and to accompany their programs they have created such documents as a 'pet owner’s emergency guide,' a pet-friendly shelters FAQ, a bite prevention owners guide, and 'About Rabies’ brochure, and more. 

The Awards Committee was especially impressed with their internal ACO Training and Evaluation Program for new hires. Their eight-week program enhances the required certification with two weeks of classroom and strict supervision and evaluation in the field.  This agency is a prime example of the depth and breadth of commitment to exceptional animal care and control.” 

“I couldn’t be prouder of the fine work our Animal Control Officers and staff do every day at our Animal Control facility, and to be named Agency of the Year by FACA is just icing on the cake. These men and women do an often thankless job, so it is especially humbling to be recognized by this esteemed organization. Congratulations!” –Sheriff Grady Judd 

The PCSO Animal Control facility, located at 7115 De Castro Road in Winter Haven, is open for animal adoptions every Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.