Animal Control Officer Cindy Brewer
Mason County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control
It is the mission of the Mason County Animal Control Officer to provide humane animal control by protecting the health, safety and well-being of citizens and animals by making the best use of the resources available through education, community partnerships, law enforcement, compassion towards animals and promotion of responsible pet and domestic animal ownership.
Mason County’s Animal Control Program operates under the authority of RCW 16.52 and County Ordinance 4.08. The Animal Control Officer has authority to investigate incidents of aggressive animals, biting animals, animal neglect, animal abuse, and animal cruelty. The animal control officer does not have the authority to make physical arrests and is not armed.
Animal complaints in Mason County contribute to a significant portion of the Sheriff’s Office workload. Annually calls for service relating to animals amounts to between 8 and 12 percent of the Sheriff’s total calls for service. In 2008 for example the Mason County Sheriff’s Office received a total of 1414 calls. Of these calls 12 citations were issued, 479 calls were resolved after an initial contact by animal control and 191 warnings were given. It should be noted these calls for service were handled by 2 animal control officers.
In 2009, a single animal control officer is on track to handle 1300 calls. With the recent budget cuts the single animal control officer’s workload has doubled. The dramatic increase in the animal control officers work load necessitates a reduction in services previously provided.
ANIMAL CONTROL CALLS REQUIRING A RESPONSE
Biting domestic animals
Dangerous/Aggressive domestic animals
Cruelty to domestic animals and livestock including animal fighting
Neglect of domestic animals and livestock
Abandonment of animals
Livestock at large
ANIMAL CONTROL CALLS NOT REQUIRING A RESPONSE
Stray domestic animals (dogs and cats)
Dogs chasing cars
Mason County does not have an animal shelter. Mason County in partnership with the City of Shelton, and is able to house dogs at the City of Shelton Dog Pound when necessary and when room is available.
Citizens with animal control questions can call the Sheriff’s Office at (360)427-9670 Ext 313. Since there is only one animal control officer, calls left on voice mail are usually answered the next working day.
Because the Mason County Ordinance 4.08 does not address stray animals
the animal control officer does not pick up stray domestic animals.
Above, Animal Control Officer Cindy Brewer helping a fury four legged friend.
Above, Animal Control Officer Cindy Brewer checks on the welfare of some horses.
Above, as Undersheriff Jim Barrett reads the award citation, Sheriff Casey Salisbury presents Animal Control Officer Cindy Brewer with the Life Saving Medal for when in 2008, she stopped at a vehicle accident and gave CPR to a victim, which saved the victim's life.