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The role of an animal welfare inspector is to investigate cases or reports of animal cruelty, abuse or neglect. They must respond to calls and claims made involving animal cruelty and will help distressed, vulnerable or abandoned animals, both wild and domestic.
They work closely on a day to day basis with the police and other emergency services, councils, animal hospitals, vets and the general public. It also goes without saying that they spend a large amount of time working closely with animals too.
The duties of an inspector can see them working in a number of different environments, including:
Travel, usually by car or van and sometimes by boat, will feature frequently in an inspector’s workload and they may find themselves working in uncomfortable, dirty and hazardous situations.
Much of the time, animals suffer not because their owners are necessarily evil, but because owners are ignorant of the needs of the animals or the costs that can be involved, including feeding and the provision of good hygiene, exercise and healthcare. Inspectors must therefore, in such cases, ensure that pet owners are taught how to care properly for animals if they wish to keep them.
Education is one aspect which is very closely linked to the work of animal welfare inspectors, as teaching people how to care properly for animals is an effective way of preventing cruelty rather than having to take punitive action after harm has already been caused.