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Friday, Mar 27, 2015

Sheriff seeking animal enforcement volunteers

Hernando Today staff report

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BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando County Sheriff's office is recruiting volunteers to help with animal enforcement calls in the county.

Four Animal Services Officers are responsible for an average of 683 service calls per month, according to the sheriff's office. They work 12-hour shifts and cover the county's 506 square miles every day of the week, and are on call after hours.

"There is seldom a time, if ever, that an Animal Services Officer does not have two or three calls for service stacked for them on the dispatch screen. It is important for them and the citizens of our county to get them some assistance. Getting them some assistance, in the way of well-trained and well-equipped volunteers, is a top priority," Sheriff Al Nienhuis said in a press release.

The sheriff's office hopes community members and existing sheriff's office volunteers will become animal service officer volunteers.

Public Information Officer Denise Moloney said a training program is being developed.

For more information, call Sue Raffensperger at (352) 797-3660. Applications can be downloaded at and returned to Gabrielle Rei in Human Resources.

Volunteers must pass a background check, drug screen and voice stress test.

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