Sheriff savors helping out at Animal Control

Linda Gallagher, Associate Editor

Photo by Linda Gallagher

Antrim County Sheriff Dan Bean is pictured at the wheel of Antrim County’s Animal Control vehicle as he prepares to head out to handle an animal control complaint. Bean has been helping out at the shelter over the last two weeks to ensure that the shelter remain open as a service to the public. The Animal Control Department’s two full-time employees recently left to accept other job opportunities.

BELLAIRE – Unlike Grand Traverse County, which shut down its Animal Control division last year after the county’s health department cut its budget and two officers (and eventually reopened it in October with just one part-time officer), Antrim County values its Animal Control department, a well-oiled machine that has served the needs of residents for many years with two full-time officers and one part-time employee.

So when both Brenda Callesen and Ellen Southern, Antrim County’s two longtime animal control officers, resigned recently leaving only part-time employee Nancy Rodriquez to handle all operations of the busy shelter, Antrim County Sheriff Dan Bean stepped in to help.

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