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Animal Abuse Investigator (#ANABINGENK) GENK
$15.15-$24.06 Hourly / $2,626.00-$4,170.40 Monthly / $31,512.00-$50,044.80 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; and
Possession of a valid Driver License.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-specific competencies noted below.


  • 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.


  • Working knowledge of Hillsborough County Animal Control ordinances and Florida laws pertaining to animals.
  • Working knowledge of the laws and ordinances governing animal cruelty and abuse in Hillsborough County.
  • Working knowledge of care and humane treatment of animals.
  • Working knowledge of animal diseases and health requirements.
  • Working knowledge of accepted practices in the treatment, restraint and handling of animals.
  • Working knowledge of laws and accepted procedures while conducting investigations and evidence gathering.
  • Working knowledge of the operation and maintenance requirements of assigned vehicle and two-way radio.
  • Working 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 under stressful conditions.
  • 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.


Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform one or more of the activities described below.

  • 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.

This classification description is not intended to be, nor should it be construed as an all inclusive list of the duties associated with a particular position. Management may require incumbents to perform job duties other than those contained in this document at any time.


  • A criminal background investigation.
  • Successful completion of a 40 hour Animal Control Officer certification course requirement within one year from date of hire, 120 hours of Animal Cruelty Investigation training, county defensive driving course, a 4 hour pepper spray (Oleoresin Capsicum) course, and a 4 hour bite stick training course.

CLASS: ANABINGENK; EST: 2/17/2000; REV: 1/5/2012;