Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office recognizes animal control officer Mario Lee

Last week was National Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week. 

Staff at the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, celebrated their coworker, Mario Lee, who joined the Sheriff’s Office in April 2012.

Lee is nationally certified through the National Animal Care and Control Association and is also a state humane agent appointed by the Minnesota Federated Humane Societies.

The Sheriff’s Office said in a statement, “In recognition of CSO Lee’s day-to-day hard work and to recognize National Animal Control Appreciation Week, he [got] to enjoy a nice lunch and dessert with his coworkers.” 

In May 2012, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office added an Animal Control Officer to the services provided to the contract cities, which include Arden Hills, Gem Lake, Little Canada, North Oaks, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Township. 

Lee primarily responds to concerns about domestic animals within those contract cities by responding to animal ordinance violations, impounding stray and dangerous dogs, following up on all animal bite reports, helping to resolve issues through negotiation or issuing a citation if necessary

According to the Sheriff’s Office, if animal control services are not available, a deputy will respond to a call concerning any of the above issues.

“[Lee] takes a community-based approach with an emphasis on education and finding solutions that help make dogs and cats good neighbors,” the Sheriff’s Office told the Bulletin. “An enforcement approach is taken when public safety is at stake, such as a dog bite or dangerous animal is reported.”

 

 

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