PHOENIX - Maricopa County Animal Care and Control are the ones called out when dogs roam Valley streets but that's not the only thing they do.
“We get attacked quite a bit,” Paul Fogel said. “It's one of our jobs is that anytime an animal attacks somebody and we arrive on the scene, we're the ones that deal with the dogs in most cases.”
As a deputy enforcement agent with the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, Fogel goes to work never knowing what to expect. In fact, just last month Fogel helped capture two pit bulls that attacked three people and a dog near Interstate 17 and Union Hills.
“We did catch one of the dogs in 30 minutes,” Fogel said. “The second dog went on for about an 1½ to 2 hours going in and out of the freeway.”
This is a job Fogel’s been doing for the last 14 years. No day is ever the same and to show us what it's like to be a deputy enforcement agent, 3TV rode along with him as he responded to calls.
“It can be a dangerous job,” Fogel said. “I have had two dogs take me down to the ground. I had one that was a pitbull-chow bite me through the wrist and I thought it had broken all the bones.”
While scary situations do come up, Fogel does many other things to help our furry friends.
“I don't capture dogs, I rescue them,” Fogel said. “They shouldn't be on the streets. They’re going to get sick. You’re going to run into these animals that have injuries from fights with other animals, usually dogs against dogs. They get hit by cars.”
From finding sick dogs, lost dogs to those left behind due to the bad economy, Fogel said earning the animals' trust is one of the most important things he does.
“You have to understand the animals,” Fogel said. “You have to understand what they're going to do. It's easier on the animal if you have a good attitude then the animal is a little easier on you.”
At the end of the day, Fogel said it's not about how many dogs he can catch, it's about how many he can bring home.
“Call us up, we'll take the animal off the street,” Fogel said. “If the dog is healthy, if it's friendly, we're going to find it a new home. If not and it's aggressive, that's no life for the dog to be on the streets. They'll end up hurting someone, itself or dying.”