Animal Control Division

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The Animal Control Officer for the Richland Police Department (RPD) is a fully certified police officer allowing this position to perform a multitude of tasks, such as enforcing state laws and city ordinances, traffic details, and other patrol duties, while still performing the animal control functions. The Animal Control Officer works to protect the health and safety of humans, as well as animals. The many responsibilities of Animal Control include rescuing animals until they may be reunited with their owners or adopted with the help of the Mississippi Animal Rescue League; prosecuting individuals who abuse animals; conducting investigations and inspections; issuing citations and warnings; reporting daily activities; and educating the public about relevant animal regulations and humane animal care.