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New officers bring experience to job

As the Unicoi County Animal Shelter continues to build its operations, the two new animal control officers have become a key part of not only helping build the shelter, but helping to educate those in the community with animal concerns.
The two new officers are Rick Stahl and Eric Rogers. They both have been working since January.
Both men have extensive experience in animal control and the impact of their combined expertise can already be seen around the community.
Stahl is originally from Florida, where he worked for a large agency that handled a wide variety of animals, both wild and domesticated. He also has experience in law enforcement. Since taking the job here in Erwin, his two main priorities have been conducting enforcement and handling animal bites.
For Stahl, he wants to see the shelter continue to grow and improve.
“We don’t want to be the bad guys around here,” said Stahl. “We would like to see more and more voluntary compliance. We want to educate people but we also want to see the animals treated well.”

For the remainder of this article please see the February 26, 2014 edition of The Erwin Record.