Princeton Times


November 11, 2012

Humane officer's work is "all about the animals"

PRINCETON — It’s already been a long day for Mercer County Humane Officer Tracy Monniger around 10 a.m. Thursday morning.

Taking a break from her role as the only humane officer in Mercer County, Monniger explains that her day started at 3:45 a.m. this morning. She got a phone call this morning because a dog had managed to get itself stuck in a water drain.

“I just had to go in and coax him out,” Monniger said. “Once I got him close to the end, I just grabbed him and got him out.”

Then, Monniger turns toward another goal of hers. She wants people to understand that Animal Control aren’t bad people- they’re just at a home to check on the welfare of an animal.

Sometimes, she gets a little bit of trepidation from people when she goes to their homes. People believe that animal control is there to find them guilty and take their animals away, but Monniger says that couldn’t be further from the truth.

When someone calls, sometimes they see an animal being treated in a way that’s not in their view of how to treat an animal but it doesn’t qualify as abuse because each person has their own view of how to care for their animals.

Monniger said people suspecting neighbors of abusing their animals need to look and check the conditions of the animals. By law, dogs are required to have a doghouse with proper bedding, food and water.

“Proper bedding is usually a dog bed or woodchips,” she said. “Dogs need a place to be able to stay warm in the winter.”

Then, Monniger goes through a typical day in her shoes. Once a call comes in, Monniger is dispatched to investigate it. Usually, she’ll speak to the accused and check on the conditions of the animal.

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