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Posted on: October 24, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Animal Control Officers Win Gold in NCARCA Olympics


On Monday, October 22, 2018, Pitt County Animal Services (PCAS) received statewide recognition from the North Carolina Animal Control & Rabies Association (NCARCA), when two of their staff received gold medals for their performance during the NCARCA Olympics. PCAS Assistant Director Chris Arnold was joined by PCAS Animal Control Officer Sean Ross in competing during the event, which judged participants in 4 different activities which highlight the skills animal control officers use in their daily operations. The two worked together to secure the top honors, competing against teams from across the entire state. The NCARCA Olympics were held has part of the Association’s 43rd Annual Training Conference, which took place in Carolina Beach, NC from October 22-24, 2018.

The North Carolina Animal & Rabies Control Association works to improve, promote, professionalize, and publicize animal control while promoting justice and equality in the enforcement of animal control laws. To fulfill that mission, NCARCA is dedicated to providing a quality work environment and the development of its members through effective training and leadership. The Association currently maintains a listing of nearly 120 public and private animal control or service agencies throughout the state. Pitt County Animal Services maintains its role as a contributing member to the organization, and won the Silver medal in the NCARCA Olympics held during the 2017 Annual Training Conference.

Despite the several challenges faced by PCAS in 2018, from accommodating the workflow disruptions of ongoing construction of a new facility, to emergency shelter operations needed for over 250 animals during Hurricane Florence; Shelter Director Michele Whaley has noted with pride that her staff has not only improved upon last year’s efforts, but rose to the top in this showcase of skill amongst their peers.

To learn more about the NCARCA, and how they work to assist animal control and service organizations throughout the state, you can visit their website at To view the latest news and information from Pitt County Animal Services, you can visit their page on this website at, or like and follow them on Facebook at

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