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News 8 cameras roll with San Diego County animal control officer

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) -- San Diego County Animal Services officers work in the field to help abused and neglected pets. News 8 cameras rode along with an officer in the field.

Officer Danica White responds first to high-priority calls in the field. She knocks on a door in Mount Hope after receiving a complaint from a neighbor.  White finds a dog in the backyard with no protection from the cold.

"The dog has no shelter and it has to have a dog house," said Officer White.

The dog owner tells White he will give the dog access to a shed, and he plans on getting the dog licensed soon.

"The licenses are cheaper when the dogs are fixed. He's going to get the dog neutered and then license it," said Officer White.

White's been doing this job for seven years. Sometimes she just happens to spot a stray dog in the street. She uses a rope lasso and little finesse to capture a stray Pomeranian pooch in Southeastern San Diego.

The dog looks old, neglected and White suspects it has been roaming the streets most of its life.

‘I think he's just really, really scared. He probably never gets messed with on the street and has never been picked up," White said.

The next call is from San Diego police officers in the College area; a pit bull has been abandoned by a homeless person.

"We just fed him a hamburger. He looked hungry," the police officer announces. White scans the animal's back and finds a microchip.

"I scanned it. It has a microchip, so I'm pretty sure we're going to have the owner's info in the computer," said Officer White.

The animals found on the street get transported to the county animal shelter in Linda Vista. They get the medical attention and care they need, and hopefully get put up for adoption.

The pit bull is malnourished and needs his shots.

The Pomeranian needs a few teeth pulled and some TLC. He'll be matched with a foster family and evaluated for adoption.

It's all in a day's work for Office White.

"I'll be here forever, until they make me leave," said White.

Each year, animal control officers collect thousands of unwanted and neglected pets. You can help ease shelter overcrowding by adopting animals and also spaying or neutering your pet.

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