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Dog Warden

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Last Updated: March, 2014

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At a Glance... header image

Dog wardens are responsible for the collection and impounding of stray dogs. They may also intervene when people or animals are under threat from attack, from dogs.


The Work header image

Dog wardens are responsible for the management of stray, abandoned and abused dogs. They collect them from whatever situation and transport them to the pound. They may also work at finding them new owners.  
 
Dog wardens are also responsible for checking that owners have a proper licence for their pet, that they have them under control, identified by a collar or tag and that they clean up after them. Dog wardens have the authority to issue on the spot fines.  
 
If an offender is taken to court for breach of rules, or neglect the dog warden may be required to prepare a report for the prosecution and appear in court.  
 
They may also have to maintain the cleanliness of the pound as well as keep up other pound duties such as taking the dogs to the vet. For day-to-day tasks they often have a kennel assistant to help them.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Investigate reports of animal attacks or animal cruelty, interviewing witnesses, collecting evidence, and writing reports.

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Capture and remove stray, uncontrolled, or abused animals from undesirable conditions, using nets, nooses, or tranquilizer darts as necessary.

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Examine animals for injuries or malnutrition, and arrange for any necessary medical treatment.

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Remove captured animals from animal-control service vehicles and place animals in shelter cages or other enclosures.

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Euthanize rabid, unclaimed, or severely injured animals.

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Supply animals with food, water, and personal care.

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Clean facilities and equipment such as dog pens and animal control trucks.

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Prepare for prosecutions related to animal treatment, and give evidence in court.

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Educate the public about animal welfare, and animal control laws and regulations.

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Contact animal owners to inform them that their pets are at animal holding facilities.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

This job requires physical fitness and good health. You must like dogs and be able to handle them gently and patiently especially as many of them will be in pain or frightened.  

  • You must also be prepared to carry out dirty and sometimes unpleasant tasks without being squeamish. 
  • You must have a firm, authoritative manner to deal with people.
  • The work can be very distressing.  

This type of work may be unsuitable if you have skin allergies, due to the chemicals involved washing dogs and disinfecting living quarters.  
 
A driving licence is essential.


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Organisation: Irish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  Address: National Animal Centre, Derrylogher Lodge, Keenagh, Co. Longford
  Tel: (043) 3325035
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Organisation: Limerick Animal Welfare
  Address: Animal Welfare, 59 Parnell St. Limerick
  Tel: (063) 91110
  Email: Click here
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