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Beaufort County's new animal service program sees success

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Anthony Montgomery, animal service officer Anthony Montgomery, animal service officer
Joy Nelson, public information officer for Beaufort County Joy Nelson, public information officer for Beaufort County
BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

Beaufort County's new animal control program has a new name and some new faces.

The county's three new Animal Service Officers are proving to be a win-win situation for both the Animal Shelter and the Sheriff's Office.

Animal Service Officer Anthony Montgomery has just left a notice concerning an animal health and welfare check at this home in Bluffton.

"It's required that you leave a door hanger for 24 hours before I can go in and take the dog," said Montgomery.

He says the county received information that the person living here had previously abused two dogs and now had another one in his possession.

"He was put on probation for those charges and he has fulfilled his probation, that probation means he cannot legally adopt an animal," said Joy Nelson, Beaufort County's public information officer.

Although the man wasn't home, Montgomery talked with the roommate and said he would stop by later.

Animal Service Officers also educate the public on how to take care of their pets and handle any vicious animals.

"The cat problem, that's the issue, we have cats everywhere, feral cats, we have at least 20 to 25 calls a day, even sometimes at night," said Montgomery.

The best part of this new county program is the experience these ASOs have - having worked at the Beaufort County Animal Shelter.

"They're very familiar with the county ordinances, they're very familiar with how the animal shelter runs and how to deal with animals, they were dealing with animals everyday," said Nelson.

The ASOs are replacing Sheriff's deputies who are now placed around Beaufort County's elementary schools to protect children.

"It's definitely a win-win situation," added Nelson.

The Animal Service Officers will try to locate the owners of any lost animals before placing them in the Beaufort County Animal Shelter.

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