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After reading these shining examples of stupidity I began to wonder at how much training animal control officers actually get. Can anyone tell me?

Which animal control officer?
Are the educated about dogs and cats in any way or are they just taught the laws and regulations? Can ... would hope the latter but I've got to wonder if it's the former after some of the stories I've heard.

In the US, there is no standardized educational requirement, not at the federal level, anyway, and while some individual state might have such a thing, I think it's very unlikely. So, the degree of education varies from "none" to "a lot."

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A friend of mine goes to Westminster almost yearly (as in shows dogs, not spectating). I won't tell the story ... the woman officers that's seen on TV. I think it only happened one year but this person was just infuriated.

Why does that not surprise me? Not even a little, bitty bit!
The episode I watched contained a segment on a dog that had been left in a closed up, black car, in the sun, for IIRC 30 minutes. Plenty of time for the dog's brain to bake, in any event. The "cop" showed up, and moseyed over to the car to look at the dog. The dog was barking, and when it stopped, the "cop" tapped on the window to get it to bark again. Because agitating an overheated animal will cool it off, I guess? WTF? Then he asked the folks who called it in if they'd tried paging the owner.

Then he tapped the windows some more. Then he said he'd have to call the police to come break the dog out of the car. Again, WTF?! What is this guy's job, then, exactly? If he can't actually rescue the dog (and in a heat stroke scenario, seconds count!), then what the hell is he good for?
The AC yahoo's suggestion to keep my dogs from barking? (which they weren't anyway), a MUZZLE. Like a muzzle is ... under supervision... His other suggestion was a "shock collar." Not even a bark collar but a regular electric collar. Sigh...

Sheesh. That sounds about right.Years ago, I had a noise complaint on my Sibe. I don't think it was her making the noise, though it's possible. There were two 24/7 chained Rottweilers next door, though, who were not shy about barkbarkbarking, and I think they were the likely source of the noise. Anyway, I was told that my options were to have her debarked or "get rid of her." If they got a second complaint, she'd be seized.

Yikes! According to the head of AC, who I spoke with on the phone, there wasn't anything I could do to prove it wasn't my dog. (This is the batshit crazy with SA dog that I ended up having to give up, so the noise issue very quickly became a moot point. And, yes, I would do things very differently now, for those who think giving up a sick dog is an awful thing to do.)

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The smaller towns didn't even have animal control. The larger ones had city shelters, but the animal control officers didn't wear spiffy uniforms or ride around in "police-type" cars.

Maybe it's like CSI: Miami. Who the hell's got the moolah to spring for Hummers for their crime scene folks? And just how much do they get paid that they can walk around all dressed up in their designer gear?
ACOs did most of the administrative stuff. The folks out on the street were basically dog catchers. They went out to collect strays and check on complaints, but they weren't any kind of "cops".

This varies from place to place. You'll see as you watch the different flavors that some have more powers than others. If you're in a really good mood and need to be depressed, watch the Detroit version.

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Maybe it's like CSI: Miami. Who the hell's got the moolah to spring for Hummers for their crime scene folks? And just how much do they get paid that they can walk around all dressed up in their designer gear?

The mind wobbles. Not that I've gotten to watch very many episodes of it (it's on past my bedtime), but the Hummers totally baffle me. Is there that much off-roding to be done in an urban place, like Miami? And even if there is, a Hummer is not the thing to be driving.

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This varies from place to place. You'll see as you watch the different flavors that some have more powers than others. If you're in a really good mood and need to be depressed, watch the Detroit version.

I'll keep that in mind, and avoid it like the plague.

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Is there that much off-roding to be done in an urban place, like Miami? And even if there is, a Hummer is not the thing to be driving.

Not so much off-roading, but you need off-road capabilities when you're driving over other cars, and street people.
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Not so much off-roading, but you need off-road capabilities when you're driving over other cars, and street people.

I guess so. Just mind the stanchions in the parking lot!

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I guess so. Just mind the stanchions in the parking lot!

Only girlie-men care about stanchions!
I've been surprised to see a few Hummers in Ithaca, since there aren't any dealers, but some of the students bring surprisingly expensive cars. They also seem to think that if they've got 4WD they don't need to learn how to drive on snow, but that's another matter. Right now they're still figuring out how to handle a standard transmission on the hills.

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I've been surprised to see a few Hummers in Ithaca, since there aren't any dealers, but some of the students bring surprisingly expensive cars.

The same thing happens here. During student move-in a few weeks ago, there were quite a few Hummers on campus. Most of them had out of state plates (California! Can you imagine how much it must've cost to drive that sucker here?).
They also seem to think that if they've got 4WD they don't need to learn how to drive on snow, but that's another matter.

Driving on snow makes me nervous. I don't suck at it, but enough people do that I fear being on the same roads as them.
Right now they're still figuring out how to handle a standard transmission on the hills.

Are you sure about the standard transmission bit? Most of the bigger SUVs don't seem to come in any flavor but automagic. Or, at least, that's what friends who are rabidly anti-automagic have reported after brute-ute shopping.

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Shelly Marcel said " People already look down enough on ... and a badge and walk around like a big shot.

Maybe he'll clarify.

Mostly based on what I have read in the papers around here and in second hand experiences through my BIL, who is a cop, and his dealings with AC.

I didn't mean to tarnish all Animal Control officers with that brush.

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