The California Animal Control Directors Association (CACDA) offers its condolences to the family, friends and coworkers of slain Sacramento County Animal Control Officer Roy Marcum. He was a 14-year veteran of the department.
Officer Marcum was shot and killed while on duty on November 28, as he prepared to impound several dogs and cats as part of an eviction. It is customary for animal control officers to impound animals during evictions so the animals may continue to receive proper care and shelter rather than face abandonment.
Animal Control Officers protect public and animal safety through education, intervention and law enforcement duties. This important public service ensures our communities are safe from dangerous animals, and animals are protected from neglect and abuse.
CACDA acknowledges the valuable contributions made by the thousands of officers in this profession. CACDA encourages all animal control staff to wear mourning bands on badges according to their agencies’ established protocols in honor of Officer Marcum.