Animal services receives national award

Lisa Armour, animal services manager for Mesa County Animal Services, tends to an unusual guest at the facility Monday.

Mesa County Animal Services was presented with a national award for outstanding services and honored by the Mesa County Board of Commissioners Monday morning.

The agency was named the Outstanding Animal Control Agency this month by the National Animal Control Association, a leader in the industry that provides training and support for humane law enforcement.

“For me it’s a huge honor to receive this from an agency that is so respected,” said Lisa Armour, animal services manager. Armour, a 25-year animal control officer, said she felt proud to accept the award from the commissioners.

Representatives from other animal services organizations were also at the meeting to celebrate the award. “It really is a collaboration with the community and other organizations like Roice-Hurst. We can do so much more when we work together,” said Penny McCarty, director of services.

Armour credits McCarty’s leadership as a key reason Mesa County was able to beat out other animals services organizations across the nation, most with much larger facilities and budget.

“She just came with a lot of new ideas and showed us how to be more progressive in this field,” Armour said of McCarty’s work at the shelter for the past eight years.

The facility was selected based on its ability to educate the community about pet ownership responsibilities, effectively train personnel and work in cooperation with local veterinarians, other animal agencies and government partnerships.

One of their outstanding programs includes the production of public service announcements, which are shown in movie theaters and television. “It’s how we can reach as many people as possible,” McCarty said. Those announcements have been shared with other organizations across the state for use in their own areas.

Part of the award includes scholarships for the five officers at Mesa County Animal Control to attend the annual training program provided by the National Animal Control Association.


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