Casper Police Department administrative technician Tory Cutrell took over as division manager of Metro Animal Control on Monday, promising changes in the agency’s practices and reputation.
Former Metro manager Rick Sulzen left the facility in early February after 20 years of employment there, according to previous Star-Tribune reports. Officials declined to comment on the reason for his departure.
Police Chief Chris Walsh said he looks forward to Cutrell’s fresh ideas.
“It will be a transition from kind of the old-school type of dog pound to a control facility,” he said.
Walsh said he hopes the new direction and expansions will attract more people to the shelter. He added that adoption will now be the facility’s No. 1 priority.
As a Casper resident, Cutrell said she was moved to take the position in order to correct some of the facility’s deficits in the community.
“I know what my neighbors are saying,” she said. “This is not a new area for me. I know what community needs are.”
Among other things, Cutrell said officers will be involved in classes and training to better respond to hoarding situations and how they can be managed.
Cutrell is additionally focused on field activities and community involvement, and plans to endorse public education programs on responsible pet ownership.