EDMONSON COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) -- A former military man... now protecting more than just people.
When the Edmonson County Animal Shelter shut down due to neglect, the Sheriff's Department saw a need for a new position. That's when they found Eric Roscoe.
Roscoe spent over 20 years in the U.S. Navy, but now he's in charge of the new Animal Control Division under the Edmonson County Sheriff.
"When I interviewed him for the job, he volunteered," said Sheriff Shane Doyle. "He actually didn't want to do it for pay."
Roscoe says he would take the job just to keep his daughter interested in protecting animals.
Roscoe and his family tend to a cattle farm not too far from the Sheriff's department. They have cats, dogs, cows and even ponies. Roscoe says one of his dogs, Zeus, is well-known around town.
"My twelve year old daughter Ellie's biggest ambitions in life is to be a veterinarian," Roscoe explained. "She thinks it's the coolest thing in the world that I'm the animal control officer."
Doyle says, "Just to have the opportunity to help him and his family, to progress toward that, I thought that was really cool."
Roscoe isn't only helping his family. With this new addition, the sheriff's department looks to help citizens understand animal ordinances, so that both man and animal can remain safe.
Sheriff Doyle says, "We had a lot of complaints coming in to deal with dogs running off owner's property, and it's vicious animals."
Roscoe says people need to make an effort for their pets.
"If you're going to have a pet, it's a family member, it's a pet, and you have to do certain things, because the animals can't do it themselves. it's not an animal problem, it's more of a people problem."
Doyle says about Roscoe, "His attitude is contagious around here, and it helps all of my people and hopefully we can help him and he can help us."
Currently the program only deals with dogs. The Sheriff's Department says they are working toward developing a new animal shelter for the area.