Man Impersonating Animal Control Officer Attempts To Steal Dogs


UPDATED: Thursday February 16, 2012 9:27 PM

Two Hilltop residents said that they saw a man impersonating an animal control officer attempt to steal their dogs from their yard, 10TV News reported on Thursday.

According to Franklin County Animal Control, the man was wearing a dark uniform, carried a badge with a dog and cat in a white circle and drove a white vehicle.

Officials said that the man was not a deputy warden.

A representative from Animal Control said that the Capital Area Humane Society said that they had a similar incident in the Hilltop on Jan. 19, when one of their humane officers spoke to a pet owner who said a man wearing a green uniform visited her home twice to “check on the animals.”

The humane society told the person that the man was not one of their officers and recommended that she contact police.

All Franklin County Deputy Wardens working for the Department of Animal Care and Control wear official uniforms and carry a metal shield with the state seal that identifies them as a deputy warden.

Officials also drive white and blue animal control vans featuring the state seal and yellow emergency lights. The vehicles also feature Franklin County license plates.

Animal Control officials said that anyone with information should call Columbus police.

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