Animal Cruelty Investigators are primarily concerned about animals that are aggressive, neglected, diseased, abused, injured or living in unhealthy conditions. Their key responsibilities include receiving and responding to animal cruelty complaints as well as ensuring law enforcement in regards to animal welfare. They perform wide range of duties such as investigating accusations of animal cruelty; interviewing witnesses; interrogating suspects; collecting evidences in connection with animal crimes; documenting animals’ living conditions; capturing aggressive and dangerous animals; transporting seized animals to shelters and veterinary offices; organizing the adoption of unclaimed animals; euthanizing sick and aggressive animals; helping enforcement agencies to arrest and convict people who violate animal welfare laws, and educating people about animal welfare and related laws.
Animal Cruelty Investigators are employed by various settings such as local or state governments, law enforcement agencies, animal shelters, animal rescue organizations, humane societies, and other related groups. Although they spend a good deal of time at outdoors, they do spare some time in an office setting in order to complete paperwork. They often work in irregular hours including evenings, weekends, and holidays. They need to take adequate safety precautions while working in the field, as they will often find potentially abused animals.
To become an Animal Cruelty Investigator, the aspirants have to earn at least a high school diploma or GED. However, some employers prefer the candidates with an associate degree or bachelor’s degree with a major of animal sciences, or criminal justice, or related field. Practical working experience in animal shelter, humane societies etc are advantage to find better job opportunities in this field.
Animal Cruelty Investigators can obtain exam based certification from the National Animal Control Association (NACA).
Job Outlook and Salary
According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected growth rate of job opportunities for Animal Cruelty Investigator may rise 11 percent from 2014 to 2024. The average annual salary of an Animal Cruelty Investigator was $ 32,560 in May 2014.