Behind the scenes with animal control

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

Posted by Terry Alexander - email

POWHATAN, VA (WWBT) - They're true animal cops. They're trained sheriff's deputies, meaning they carry guns, and can write speeding tickets, but their main focus is the welfare of domestic animals in the county. As we found out, they never know what to expect.

From the disturbing, to run of the mill. Sgt. Christine Boczar begins the day with a routine check on a dangerous dog. One of five in the county. Meet "Ginger".

"I believe the allegations was that the dog chased a child and her grandmother down," said Boczar.

The lab's owner must prove each year their judge ordered requirements are in order.

"She can come out of that enclosure, she just would have to be muzzled on a leash," Boczar said.

To the next order of business.

"Show me out at Watkins Landing reference two stray chihuahua's," Boczar said.

Sgt. Boczar has many tools, both conventional and unusual.

"Patience and lunch meat," she said.

But the dogs, believed to have been abandoned, aren't an easy catch. This was day six. We'll come back to them later. A welfare call awaits. And so does a rotweiller at our third stop.

"I need to check the welfare but there's a really large rotweiller loose," said Boczar.

She calls for back up, but this guy proves not to be a threat. Sgt. Boczar investigates whether another dog on the property is being properly cared for. Moments later and miles away. Another typical call for a loose dog.

"Jake" wandered far from home. While this next stop may sound unusual, it's not for the county.

"Be out on a 1036, cows are on the front yard," Boczar said.

Not one, but ten cows, roaming free. Unwelcome guests. That wandered past their owner's broken fence.

"We don't want them here they mess up the yard," said Boczar.

Nothing a coffee can filled with rocks can't fix.

"They think it's food," she said.

Remember the two chihuahua's. While Sgt. Boczar corralled cows. Another animal control officer had luck catching one. But using it to help catch the other not in the cards. But bologna did the trick.

Sgt. Boczar says in this economy, finding abandoned dogs is becoming more common. Hard to prove, yet illegal, says Boczar.

"Either people are not spayed or neutering and animals are having more liters or just can't afford to care for the puppies and do the right thing with them," she said.

These two might get a second chance. Sgt. Boczar believes its her job to try to make that happen.

"It's very rewarding to work with animals. I think they don't have voices necessarily to help themselves and somebody needs to help them," Boczar said.

One of the chihuahua's was taken to Richmond Animal League to be fostered so it can be placed into a new home. The other is still up for adoption along with other dogs and cats at Powhatan Animal Control. Just call 804-598-5672.

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