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Meet the Animal Control Officer of the Year Salt Lake County Animal Services

Post Date:03/06/2018 9:38 AM

At Salt Lake County Animal Services, we know we have some of the best Animal Control Officers in the state working for us. Everyday many of them go out of their way to help the public while they are out on patrol or responding to calls. Salt Lake County Animal Services is proud to have the 2017 Utah Animal Control Association Officer of the Year working on our team. 

Animal Control Officer, Melanie Bennett, was nominated for the award for helping a passerby with lawn mower fire in Magna in May 2017. The fire had spread to the surrounding bushes and fence leading to a chicken coop. Officer Bennett called over the radio to have Unified Fire Authority respond to the fire. In the meantime, she grabbed her fire extinguisher and helped prevent the fire from spreading. Thanks to her quick thinking, Officer Bennett helped prevent any major damage to the home and the chickens.  

 Officer Bennett has over 19 years of experience in Animal Control and has been with Salt Lake County Animal Services for 7 of those years. She comes from a family of Animal Control Officers and has extensive knowledge of animal control protocol and livestock. 

 If you see a Salt Lake County Animal Control Officer out in the field, please feel free to ask them questions. Our officers can license and microchip your pet there in your community.

 Please mark in your calendar we will be hosting a Central Valley Licensing & Vaccination Clinic on May 16 at the Midvale Senior Center, time TBD. For additional information please check You can also come to Salt Lake County Animal Services, Monday through Saturday from 10 AM – 6 PM, to license your pet.