LORDSTOWN - An area native has taken over as new executive director of the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County.
Kerry Pettit's resume includes a broad history of caring for animals ranging from African lions to marine mammals.
"Kerry brings such great strengths to this position and the Animal Welfare League," said AWL Board President Jeff Williams. "Her background, knowledge and experience are invaluable as we enter into the next stage of opening the new shelter."
Most recently Pettit served as animal control operations supervisor for the City of Henderson Police Department in Henderson, Nev., where she oversaw daily operations and was responsible for animal adoptions and rescues. She also served as animal control officer for the department.
"I'm so excited about being a part of the new shelter," Pettit said. "My priorities are to let the public know about what we offer at the shelter, update our policies and procedures and provide the best care for our animals, while educating the public about their care."
Pettit said she would like to start a "bite prevention" program and work with other animal-focused organizations in the area.
"I look forward to working with other rescue groups as it is a 'win-win' proposition in building better relationships," she said.
Pettit holds a bachelors degree from Youngstown State University and completed a peace officer training while in Nevada. She was also instrumental in helping to rewrite Henderson's municipal code that addresses mandatory spay / neuter laws, defines animal shelter needs and determines permits for animal-related businesses.
She has also worked as an animal handler for a studio in Las Vegas, handling lions and their cubs, and as an educational narrator for Sea World of Ohio. She was also an animal trainer in Florida where she taught domestic animals and performed in shows with them at both Sea World Ohio and Florida parks.
The Animal Welfare League is a non-profit organization focused on protecting the rights of animals and ending their abuse. They respond to cases of animal neglect across the county and recently held a ceremonial ground breaking at their new multi-million dollar shelter in Vienna.