WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Police Department is warning pet owners about a man impersonating an animal control officer.
Lt. Joe Schroeder, who serves as the commander for Wichita Animal Control, says a victim reports that for two weeks, a man claiming to be a Wichita Animal Control officer has been calling him.
The man says the suspect told him that his German Shepard was too skinny and that he would be back to arrest him.
The man was seen driving a blue truck that says Wichita Animal Control on the back.
Lt. Schroeder says real animal control officers have had no contact with the victim and haven’t had any incidents in that area.
Lt. Schroeder says his officers drive white vans with a city of Wichita seal on the side.
Also, he says all officers are uniformed and have an ID badge and a badge that clearly shows they are an animal control officer.
Lt. Schroeder offered some advice for residents.
“If they don’t feel the person is legitimate than they can call and verify there identity, they can also ask to see their identification and have the officer present their identification to them,” said Lt. Schroeder.
Even though animal control officers are police department employees, Lt. Schroeder says they don’t have the authority to arrest anyone.
The normal protocol for animal control officers includes issuing a court summons or written warning, if someone is not compliant with ordinances.