Meet Portsmouth's New Animal Control Officer

Portsmouth's new ACO has an important message for pet owners.

Have you met Portsmouth's new animal control officer (ACO)? 

Ariel Fisher, a Warren native, began serving as the town's full-time ACO on July 30. Fisher is filling the position that was left vacant after the . 

Before being hired by the town of Portsmouth, Fisher previously worked for the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for two years. She was also an employee at a Vermont animal shelter where she attended school. 

She is nationally certified as an animal cruelty investigator. 

Fisher, a fourth-generation Warren resident, can be reached at the Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. However, the hours, Fisher said, will be changing in order for residents to reach her in the evenings. 

The ACO may be reached at the Portsmouth police station or at (401) 643-0136. 

Residents may contact Fisher to report dogs running loose, wild animals seen near domestic animals and to report any animal bites. Coyote sightings should be reported to the Department of Environmental Management (DEM). 

Fisher also wants to remind residents to vaccinate their pets. 

"Vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate," Fisher says. "I really want to stress how important it is. If your animal is exposed to any wild animal that could have rabies, it's a six month quarantine and that's at the owner's expense." 

Wild animals, which could carry the rabies virus, include skunks, raccoons, woodchucks and bats. 

A town rabies clinic is being planned, according to the ACO. 

Sharon Reynolds August 14, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Good luck and welcome
Liz Macedo August 17, 2012 at 09:35 PM
You are awesome! So proud of you!
Anne P September 20, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Fantastic! Ms. Hanson's retirement was long overdue. I am so happy to see that we have a caring, intelligent, professional young woman to advocate for Portsmouths animal community! What a breath of fresh air!
Chris Christensen October 02, 2012 at 03:55 PM
How come it is that she does not want to have anything to do with the coyotes? Anne P's comment is interesting above and makes me wonder what Ms Hansons feelings were about the coyote population.
Claire Arrico October 02, 2012 at 04:31 PM
I think Ms Hanson did a fantastic job. She was always available to talk to you about what problems were going on and to let you know what could be done about them. Or what she could do about them. The coyote population in Portsmouth has gotten out of hand when you live worried to go out after dark for a walk or to let your dogs out any time. We have seen coyotes right next door in our neighbors yard around the corner from us and just walking down Stub Toe lane. And it wasn't even dark out at that time. My neighbors have had them in there back yard where they let there dog out at night before bed. I think something should be done about this problem before someone gets hurt.


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