Trumbull AWL appoints new director

The Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County on Thursday named Kerry S. Pettit as executive director.

Pettit is an Austintown native and most recently worked as an animal control officer and adoption and redemption facilitator with the City of Henderson Police Department in Henderson, Nev. Pettit has also worked in animal education at Sea World Parks in Orlando and Aurora and cared for African lions and cubs at the Lion Photo Studio in Las Vegas.

Pettit holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Youngstown State University and has completed the Nevada Peace Officers’ Standards and Training first line supervisor program.

Pettit said she is excited to be working with the Trumbull County Animal Welfare League and the new facility in Vienna.  She said her first line of business will be in education.

“There is so much potential here. I am excited about the education opportunities with the public. Animal safety, bite prevention, working with children and the public and teaching them about animals,” said Pettit. “There is so much we can do here. It is endless.”

Pettit is also experienced in working with lawmakers and police. In Nevada, she was responsible for rewriting municipal code, addressing issues such as mandatory spay/neuter laws, shelter and housing needs for animals kept outdoors and permits for animal-related businesses. She also served on a committee that developed an emergency disaster plan as part of the Federal PETS Act that is now a model for other cities.

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