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2009-11-19 / General Stories

Ethel Spence Recieves Texas Animal Control Association Top Award

On 10 November 2009 Ethel was awarded the William J Kilpatrick award by the Texas Animal Control Association. This is the most prestigious honor awarded by TACA to anyone working in the Animal Care and Control field.

Over the last eight years, Ethel has worked diligently in her beloved field as an Animal Control Officer, Animal Care Technician, Pet Groomer and as an Animal Shelter Manager.

In 2004 when coming to the Giddings shelter, she dropped the Euthanasia rate of adoptable animal, by 85%, and increased the adoption rate 300%, in her first 6 months of her employment. She has been instrumental in instituting a Therapy Dog Program for the local nursing homes and a Rabies - dog bite awareness class for civic groups and the Elementary Schools. The days of the ole “Dog Catcher ” are over and Ethel has proven to be a true Professional Animal Control Officer. Her love for animals and passion to help them is beyond reproach.

Ethel has an Associates Degree in Animal Science and she also has achieved the highest Texas State certification at the Administrative level. She is Certified Animal Cruelty Investigations, Chemical Capturer, and a certified Instructor for TCLOSE and Zoonosis Control, providing ACO and Peace Officer training courses state wide.

She and her husband operate Texas’s first ever, Animal Care and Control Training Academy, which is located in Giddings.

Congratulations, and thanks to Ethel for her hard work and dedication to the public and the animals of our community.

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