"To serve and protect the public and promote a safer community
through responsible animal ownership and humane care."
The Hanover County Animal Control Department is
responsible for maintaining proper humane care and treatment of
all animals within the County while supporting all other local and
state public safety and health agencies to protect the citizens
of the County, the Town of Ashland and their pets, livestock and
the surrounding wildlife.
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Hanover Animal Control Recognizes Outstanding Officers
Hanover County Animal Control recognized their outstanding officers for 2011 in an awards ceremony held on April 11, 2012 at the historic Hanover Courthouse.
Lindsey C. Palmen received the Fleming Blunt Award as Most Valuable Animal Control Officer. “Lindsey has demonstrated professional skills with appearance, work ethic, and compassion,” said Chief Kevin Kilgore. “She has set an excellent example of what an animal control officer stands for.”
Fleming Blunt was Hanover’s first Animal Control professional. Beginning in 1959, the late Mr. Blunt in many cases paid out of his own pocket to feed stray pets. The County’s first animal pound was built on his property.
Jenna L. Vitale received the Buddy W. Mills Award for Most Desired Animal Control Officer. Buddy Mills served Hanover residents in Animal Control for 30 years and the award goes to the officer who excels as a leader by example or one that has achieved significant improvement.
“Jenna has worked hard this year to hold our unit together through positive actions even when times were tough,” Kilgore said. “She was also commended and recognized several times during the year as being extremely customer-friendly and she generated multiple compliments for her customer service and overall compassionate handling of many situations.”
Chief Kilgore also recognized several other people during the ceremony on April 11 at Hanover Courthouse:
- Jackie Mickens received the Super Support Staff Award for her work in the Animal Pound.
- Ed Burnas was recognized as the department’s outstanding volunteer.
- Caroline Cooke was given the Citizen Support award for her efforts with the dog park.
- Steven Royalty of the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office was recognized for Outstanding Contribution in Law Enforcement. This year Hanover maintained its record of 100% convictions in dogfighting cases due largely to Royalty’s efforts in a difficult case involving multiple jurisdictions and animal cruelty counts.
- Bill Hardman was recognized for his outstanding service.
- Lindsey Palmen was recognized for most captures of wildlife.
- Jeffrey Parker was honored for saving the most cats.
- Allan Smith Jr. was honored for saving the most dogs.
Major Thomas Woody and Captain Richard Farmer of the Sheriff’s Office were the guest speakers at the ceremony.
The awards ceremony highlighted the 8th national Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week.
Remember to clean up after your animals when using Hanover
Animal Control will be patrolling these areas in an effort to
educate animal owners to be more responsible and respect the pubic
safety and health needs of the community by cleaning up after their
animals and making sure they are on a leash. Animal Control &
Parks and Recreation - THANK YOU!