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2:53 PM Tue, Nov. 20th

PVPD warns about imposter animal control officers

Imposters are taking custody of animals, bringing them to local animal hospitals illegally

Animal control officers with the Prescott Valley Police Department wear this insignia on their uniforms.

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Animal control officers with the Prescott Valley Police Department wear this insignia on their uniforms.

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Legitimate Prescott Valley Animal Control Officers will be in the uniform shown here, worn by Prescott Valley Police Department Animal Control Supervisor Evelyn Whittaker.

Prescott Valley Police Department Animal Control has received several reports from concerned residents about individuals who are conducting themselves as an official animal control officer.

Some area "rescue" groups have reportedly acquired police scanners and monitor calls dispatched for Prescott Valley Animal Control Unit officers. The imposter animal control agents have arrived at locations before legitimate Prescott Valley Animal Control officers, and have taken custody of animals. These actions are illegal.

These incidents have become a potential safety issue for the community. Although the Prescott Valley Police Department understands the good intentions behind many of these animal rescues, local animal rescue and impound procedure is specifically regulated by both state law and town ordinances.

Some of the imposter rescue agents drive vehicles with logos that are being mistaken as an official Town of Prescott Valley Animal Control insignia. This has caused confusion in the community in regard to who is the authentic animal control. These group members also have illegally collected donations, as they are not a verified 501(3)c tax exempt organization. Additionally, Prescott Valley Animal Control has received reports from local animal hospitals stating animals are being brought in for medical treatment with false ownership information. This activity is illegal for both the agent and the animal clinic staff.

Prescott Valley Animal Control officers are uniformed civilian law enforcement officers with extensive training, experience and education. PVPD encourages residents to call Prescott Valley Animal Control for all animal related issues. The department’s goal is to reunite all animals with their rightful owners in a timely manner.

If you or someone you know has concerns about an interaction with an unknown animal rescue individual, PVPD encourages you to ask for identification, and call the Prescott Valley Police Department Animal Control at 928-772-5190, or the non-emergency dispatch line at 928-772-9267.

Information provided by the Prescott Valley Police Department