Ride along with Bay County Animal Control

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Jason starts his day at 7 a.m. His day starts with cleaning before packing up the truck and hitting the road to answer some calls.

Jason is an animal control officer. An important part of running the Bay County Animal Control Shelter is cleaning the dog's and cat's kennels.

It's a process that can take up to two hours and is done every morning. When Jason heads out to answer calls he never knows what type of situations he's going to run into.

"Every time I go out to a house to wherever everybody's different. People's different, cat's different, dog's different. You've got to treat everybody with respect or you'll get bit," said Jason, animal control officer.

A high priority call that Bay County Animal Control gets is an animal vs. animal. Saturday, we followed Jason to that type of call up in Fountain. A woman reported a pack of dogs killed her cat.

We found the pack of dogs and Bay County Animal Control issued the owner of the dogs a citation.

Another type of call Jason answered was a RAL. RAL stands for an animal roaming or "running at large".

A woman called the Bay County Animal Control about a loose dog who was eating her dog's food. The dog was scared but Jason was gently when putting it in the animal control truck.

After getting the dog safely in the kennel in the back of the truck, Jason headed back to the animal control shelter to process the animal.

At Bay County Animal Control, animals that are brought in are checked to see if they have a microchip, are vaccinated and assessed to see if they have any injuries, and then they have their picture taken.

That photo goes up on their website immediately in case a pet was lost and their owner may be looking for them.

Jason wishes people would view animal control officers in a better light.

"Give us a chance don't jump to conclusions and just because we show up at your house we're not there to take your animals or anything like that. Just give us a chance, hear us out before you fly off the handle and jump to conclusions."