President Trump, when demeaning someone who dares disagree with him, often uses the comment, “He (or she) isn’t qualified to run for dog catcher.”
The Pooper-Scooper-In-Chief not only attempts to denigrate his critics, but also, by inference, denigrates the important role animal control officers (a.k.a. “dog catchers”) play in the health and welfare of our communities.
According to the National Animal Control Association, “Animal control officers are usually hired by city and county agencies, although some work for states or other branches of the federal government. Officers often respond to calls from citizens about stray animals, suspected animal cruelty, or deceased animals.
“Sometimes, officers have to capture or rescue animals, but other times they administer warnings or citations to citizens suspected of animal cruelty and mistreatment.
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“Animal control officers enforce local and regional laws concerning the care and treatment of animals. They patrol public areas looking for potential signs of distressed animals and work directly with citizens concerning animal control issues.
“Some officers also educate the public about animal control safety.
“Most entry-level positions require a high school diploma at the minimum, while some require applicable certification or undergraduate degree.”
The next time Donald Trump suggests someone isn’t qualified to be a dog catcher, we should remember the vital service animal control officers provide.
It should also not go unnoticed that with his self-proclaimed exceptionally high IQ and undergraduate degree, Donald Trump is eminently qualified for the role of Dog-Catcher-In-Chief, but not much more.
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