The Oakland Police Department’s Animal Services is sending two of their Animal Control Officers to Butte County to help evacuate and shelter small and large animals displaced by the many fires in the county. They will be stationed at a Red Cross shelter that is temporarily housing both people and their animals. The disaster quickly overwhelmed the capacity of the five Animal Control Officers that cover the region so the State Office of Emergency Service put out a call across the State for 20 Animal Control Officers.
The two Oakland Animal Control Officers, Troy Snell and Robby McKenna, will be leaving for Butte County on Friday morning in an Oakland Animal Control truck. They are scheduled to stay for three to four days. Adam Parascandola, Director of Oakland Animal Services, volunteered after Katrina rescuing animals and has talked with the Officers about what they might encounter.