One of Dorothy Sundquist's first calls as the new Faribault County Animal Control Officer was to capture a family of skunks.
"I just caught them all with my catchpole and released them out into the countryside," Sundquist says.
She began her work of picking up stray animals in early August.
Sundquist formed a company called BCM Animal Control Services. She is a self-employed business person under contract by the newly formed Joint Powers Entity.
That group is composed of representatives from various towns in the county and the county sheriff's office.
"I cover all of Faribault County except Wells," Sundquist says.
How it works, she explains, is that citizens who see a stray dog or cat has to call the Faribault County Sheriff's Office dispatcher at (507) 526-5148 and select option two.
"I have to be sent out by the dispatcher, according to my contract," Sundquist explains.
She then picks up the animal and takes it to the animal shelter in Blue Earth which is run by volunteers from the Faribault County Humane Society.
"They keep it for 10 days, trying to find the owner," Sundquist explains. "After 10 days the animal is put up for adoption."
Owners retrieving their lost pets have to pay a $20 per day boarding fee, prove it is their animal and prove it has been vaccinated.
Sundquist calls her new position one she is well-suited for. She loves animals and grew up on a farm near Hendricks.
"I use to work for the sheriff's office as an investigator," Sundquist says. "So I have the skills to investigate a case of suspected animal cruelty."
Sundquist has lived in this area for the past 16 years. She and her husband, Tom, live near Bricelyn and have two sons.
"My main goal in this job is to make sure animals have a voice and are treated right and fed and cared for," she says. "I am just an avid animal lover."
Persons who have lost a pet and want to find out if it has been found, can call Stacy Thompson of the humane society at (507) 526-0937 or the Blue Earth City Hall at (507) 526-7336.
Persons who have problems with wild animals like skunks can call Sundquist's business to hire her to remove the animals. Her business number is (507) 525-3718.
Sundquist has one other word of advice to pet owners register your dog or cat.
"It only costs $5 to do it," she says. "And if your pet is found, it will only take one phone call to return it to you."