Text Version      
Montgomery County Maryland
Home | Translate  
 
Zoning Rewrite
Transit Master Plan
Council Grant Information
Shaping our Future Briefings
Reports & Other Documents
Zoning, Special Exceptions, Subdivision Processes
 
Phil Andrews, District 3 Roger Berliner, District 1 Marc Elrich, At-Large Valerie Ervin, District 5 Nancy Floreen, At-Large George Leventhal, At-Large Nancy Navarro, District 4 Craig Rice, District 2 Hans Riemer, At-Large
MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNCIL

 Click to go to translation options TRANSLATE the Council Site Search Council 
  Council News - Advisories

Animal Control Officer of the Year Award
 
 
  • Advisory ID: 09-00*
  • Advisory Date: 3/19/2009
  • Contact:   
  • From:
   
  The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) awarded a Montgomery County Animal Services Officer with the Animal Control Officer of the Year Award for 2008.

On Friday, March 13, 2009, Animal Control Officer Cara E. Thomas was presented with the award during the ceremony. Officer Thomas was nominated for her commitment for aggressively enforcing Montgomery County and Maryland State animal cruelty laws. Throughout the last year, Officer Thomas conducted several investigations on individuals who neglected, abused, and killed animals. In January, she charged a Germantown man for running over and killing a horse. In July, she charged a Rockville woman for tying a dog to a vehicle in a parking lot. They both pled guilty and paid fines. In addition, in October, she arrested and charged a man for beating his dog to death. Most recently, she has conducted an extensive investigation into a horse cruelty case in Poolesville. Officer Thomas was able to coordinate the seizure and care of four badly neglected horses. Both of these individuals are awaiting trial.

Since being hired in 2002, Officer Thomas has possessed great enthusiasm and willingness to make the Animal Services Division an integral part of the Montgomery County Police Department. Due to her dedication, Officer Thomas has made our community a safer place for both animals and people. She makes herself available to the public by attending annual events such as National Night Out, the Recreation Department’s Pool Pooch Party, and teaches an annual class for dog bite prevention. She also attends career days at various county schools and open houses at the police department’s district stations.

Officer Thomas graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in 2001 and received a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in biology. During college, she worked part time with the Virginia Tech Equine Department, interned for the Center of Disease Control in Atlanta, State of Maryland Animal Health Lab, and the University of Maryland’s Poultry Science Department. Before being hired in the Animal Services Division, Officer Thomas worked for the Montgomery County Humane Society, two veterinarian hospitals, and received extensive training in her field.

COG was formed in 2000 to provide a forum for the animal service field to address public safety and health concerns regarding animal care. The committee has worked on developing a dangerous dog ordinance model, animals in disaster planning, reduction of wildlife/vehicle collisions, and conflict resolution and rescue.
###
 

 

Return to News Advisories

Last edited: 12/23/2009  

Council Home
About the Council
Public Participation
Councilmembers
Phil Andrews
Roger Berliner
Marc Elrich
Valerie Ervin
Nancy Floreen
George Leventhal
Nancy Navarro
Craig Rice
Hans Riemer
Council Agenda
Committee Agenda
Packets & Meeting Summaries
Legislation & Resolutions

Bills
Resolutions
Zoning Text Amendments
Budget Update
Council Approves FY14 Operating Budget
Master Plans
Upcoming Public Hearings
Plans before Council
Completed Plans
Council Communications
Contact the Council
Council News
Listen to Council Sessions by Phone
View Council Sessions - Live and On Demand
Facebook
Twitter
YouTube
Council Photos
CCM (County Cable)