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Fort Worth Animal Care & Control receives donation for life-saving equipment

Posted May 2, 2018

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group stand smiling while wearing their vests
Members of the Stray Animal Unit don their new ballistic vests.

In recognition of the valuable and often dangerous work animal control officers carry out, Fort Worth Animal Care & Control received a donation from the law firm Barlow Garsek & Simon LLP to buy seven ballistic vests.

The donation was designated for use by the Stray Animal Unit’s officers. The donation totaled $4,549.98.

Animal control officers are routinely threatened with physical harm while dealing with animal-related issues. In January 2011, a Clark County, Ohio, sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed while responding to a neighborhood dispute that started over dog defecation. In November 2012, Galt, Calif., animal control officer Roy Marcum was shot and killed after going to a house to remove animals the day after an eviction notice was posted.

“We are honored to contribute to the purchase of life-saving protective vests in recognition of the risks routinely taken by these officers and the great contribution they make to public safety,” said Chris Collins of Barlow Garsek & Simon.

Nearly 30 states and multiple cities across the nation use these life-saving vests for animal control agencies. Fort Worth joins Dallas, Abilene and Universal City as Texas cities that issue ballistic vests to animal control officers.

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