Mason County is without an animal control officer. The Mason County Sheriff’s Office says budget cuts led to the elimination of the position.
The department says it has made cuts of more than $1.5 million since July. Last year, Sheriff Casey Salisbury took to Twitter to fight the cuts.
The full-time animal control officer, who had responded to criminal, civil and nuisance calls, has been reassigned to a previously vacant evidence technician position.
Now, deputies will only respond to animal calls related to a crime, such as animal cruelty and neglect, or dangerous dog calls.
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KOMO reports the Mason County Sheriff’s Office has cut 14 positions, including two lieutenant jobs, due to budget cuts.
The station reports Mason County Sheriff’s Office had received about 1,200 calls for animal control per year, but only a small percentage were criminal complaints.