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Hillsborough County Government

Animal Abuse Investigator (#ANABINCPP4) CPP4
$18.01-$27.92 Hourly / $3,121.73-$4,839.47 Monthly / $37,460.80-$58,073.60 Yearly


Performs investigative and enforcement duties pertaining to laws and ordinances regulating animal treatment.


  • Graduation from high school or possession of a GED certificate; AND        
  • Two years of experience in animal control enforcement, law or code enforcement or private investigator;


  • An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-related competencies noted above; AND 
  • Possession of a valid Driver’s License.


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals


  • Medium work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.


  • Ability and willingness to work outside in a sub-tropical climate under adverse weather conditions.      
  • Ability and willingness to work non-standard hours.       
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions.       
  • Ability to lift objects weighing up to 30 pounds.       
  • Position may require frequent travel.


  • Investigates allegations of animal cruelty, neglect, abuse, and abandonment in potentially hostile environments.       
  • Enforces state and local animal abuse laws.     
  • Captures or impounds animals found in distress or released to Animal Services.         Investigates and conducts dangerous dog investigations in accordance with Florida State Statute.       
  • Interviews complaints and other citizens to determine nature of violation and action to be taken.        
  • Prepares reports and maintains case files of investigations to ensure availability for civil or criminal prosecution.       
  • Prepare search warrants and submits to judiciary for approval.       
  • Conducts legally authorized searches and seizures in conjunction with and executed by law enforcement personnel.        
  • Records, retrieves and verifies animal impoundment information using a computer terminal.       
  • Provides testimony in criminal cases involving animal abuse or neglect.        
  • Performs related duties of an Animal Control Officer as required.       
  • Supports the department in mandated ESF-17 (Emergency Support Function 17) responsibilities in the event of a disaster or during an activation of the County’s Emergency Operations Center.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Knowledge of Hillsborough County Animal Control ordinances and Florida laws pertaining to animals.       
  • Knowledge of the laws and ordinances governing animal cruelty and abuse in Hillsborough County.    
  • Knowledge of care and humane treatment of animals.        
  • Knowledge of animal diseases and health requirements.  
  • Knowledge of accepted practices in the treatment, restraint and handling of animals.       
  • Knowledge of laws and accepted procedures while conducting investigations and evidence gathering.        
  • Knowledge of the operation and maintenance requirements of assigned vehicle and two-way radio.        
  • Knowledge of County geography and road networks.        
  • Skill in the use of animal handling equipment.       
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.        
  • Ability to work effectively with others.        
  • Ability to collect, organize and evaluate information and present conclusions. ·        Ability to read a road map.        
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.       
  • Ability to recognize signs of animal abuse.        
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle.        
  • Ability to enforce laws with firmness and impartiality and explain laws and ordinances to the public with tact and courtesy. 
  • Ability to perform duties with minimal supervision.


In the event of an emergency or disaster, an employee may be required to respond promptly to duties and responsibilities as assigned by the employee’s department, the County’s Office of Emergency Management, or County Administration. Such assignments may be for before, during or after the emergency/disaster.

CLASS: ANABINCPP4; EST: 12/22/2019; REV: ;