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Implemented 10/09, FLSA Status: Non Exempt


SUMMARY: Primarily responsible for the investigation of alleged instances of cruelty and/or neglect of animals by owners, commercial establishments or other persons relative to the care, use, and treatment of animals under Title 18 Section 5511.


  • Respond to dispatched calls in priority order and determines appropriate action by conducting an investigation including but not limited to locating and questioning witnesses, complainants and suspects obtaining detailed information concerning the nature of the offense and the identification and apprehension of the offender(s).
  • Educate the public while in the field regarding responsible pet ownership and animal laws and ordinances.
  • Obtain search warrants in order to search for, locate, photograph, preserve and transport evidence for examination and analysis by veterinary specialists arranging for technical assistance by specialists including but not limited to ballistics, laboratory analysis or toxicology.
  • Prepare, maintain and submit all investigatory reports, case summaries, animal intake forms, inventory lists, daily logs and monthly summary reports in accordance with PSPCA and PA Rules of Criminal Procedures.
  • Maintain sources of information and community partnerships to assist in investigations.
  • Assists prosecuting authorities in the preparation of court cases including the issuance of witness subpoenas and testifies in all judicial hearings and trials when required.
  • Informs and advises his/her immediate supervisor of any significant or unusual conditions within the department.
  • Work courteously and cooperatively with staff and volunteers to ensure that all established procedures and policies of the Pennsylvania SPCA are followed; follow established procedures governing safe work practices including, but not limited to, wearing protective clothing and/or equipment when necessary; perform duties in a manner which encourages attainment of goals, contributions and business for the Pennsylvania SPCA and its programs.
  • Treat people and animals with respect; contribute to effective teamwork; and foster public relations beneficial to the Pennsylvania SPCA and its programs; promote humane and caring attitude toward all animals and treat all animals humanely, properly and with compassion at all times, regardless of circumstances including those that are sick, injured, feral or aggressive.
  • Perform other related duties as directed by departmental supervisor and/or COO.
  • The intent of the job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

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To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume by email to mmccool@pspca.org




  • In concert with the management team, manage all medical care and health management programs for the shelter animals, including those temporarily in foster care, focusing on identification, treatment and prevention of health problems thereby increasing adoptions and decreasing adoption returns.
  • Perform surgical procedures on shelter animals, as needed, (spay/neuter, hernia repair, growth removals, dental extractions).
  • Maintain all established shelter medical standards, such as drug log/security, cleaning protocols, surgical procedures, medical protocols, etc.
  • Ensure that LCSPCA is in compliance with all state and federal laws regarding the practice of shelter veterinary medicine on site.
  • Maintain accurate and complete medical records, including those recorded in the shelter database (including treatments, examinations, test results, surgeries and outcomes) and other records required by local and state laws.
  • Manage medical department operations at LCSPCA, including the preparation of the annual department budget and management of department staff (VTs, VAs, etc).
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director regarding the composition and quantity of all animals brought to the shelter.
  • Ensure all clinic areas are clean and suitable to perform sterile procedures/surgeries.
  • Providing time management for surgeries and post surgical processes.
  • Aid in the decisions of euthanasia for an animal, including performing euthanasia.
  • Ordering and overseeing the accurate and effective ordering of clinic and shelter medical needs such as medication, equipment, medical tests and food.
  • Cooperating collectively with the Education Department to produce educational videos for staff and the community via Facebook, “Shelter House Rocks.”
  • Working collectively with the HSPOs to perform necropsies for cruelty investigation in addition to testifying in court.
  • Working with the Education Department to administer vaccination and microchips at off-site clinics (up to 6 a year)
  • Rotating responsibility in taking the On-call emergency phone; after hours contact with emergency personnel and NVRH to tend to any stray or injured animals.
  • Working with the internal medical team in addition to staff

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To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume by email to thevner@luzernespca.or


Summary: The Humane Officer is responsible for investigating animal cruelty complaints involving the neglect and abuse of animals and, when necessary, prosecuting those offenders as denoted in the PA Crimes Code – Title 18 Section 5511.

Essential Duties:

  • Investigate and, when necessary, prosecute those that neglect or abuse animals according to Pennsylvania state law.
  • Rescue/confiscate injured and abused animals.
  • Prepare reports and testify as necessary in cruelty cases.
  • Be willing to rescue animals that have been injured, abandoned, etc.
  • Patrol pet shops and inspect circuses and other animal-related exhibitions.
  • Maintain equipment; i.e., animal transport vehicle.
  • Act as an expert within the community, educating on animal welfare issues.
  • Ensure confidentiality of information concerning investigations.
  • Attend staff meetings.
  • Maintain positive relationships with co-workers, managers, directors, clients, and stakeholders.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

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To Apply: Visit Humane Animal Rescue website to apply