Animal Control Officer retires after 30 years on patrol

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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For 30 years, Pat Pinkham has been the animal control officer for the city of Bangor. On Friday, she will be calling it quits and retiring from the force. NEWS CENTER's Johnny Mehler was able to ride along with Pinkham during one of her final days on patrol.  

"Snakes, lizards, llamas, horse, cows, pigs..."  

Through 30 years, Pat Pinkham has seen a lot.

"You never know what theyre going to throw at you next," said Pinkham. 

She says it's the animals that she has kept safe that she will miss the most.

"Trust me, I won't miss the people. Some of them can be so asinine, they get upset when i take the dog out of the car and they accuse me of stealing it. I tell them, 'when was the last time you had your house robbed and they left you a note of when you could get it back?'," said Pinkham.  

As calls start to come in, Pat thinks back to one of her wildest rescues.

"A harbor seal. Somebody killed the mother and his umbilical cord wasn't even hard that's how young he was. I took him out there and we had to get a child swimming pool and fill it with water from down at the dock put him with that," said Pinkham.  

And it's stories like those that she will be able to share as she looks back at her career doing a job that she loved everyday.

"It's bittersweet. I'm going to miss the guys down at the station they love to harass me," said Pinkham.

As for what's in store for Pat Pinkham, she will be moving to Naples, Florida in October where she plans to volunteer at a stray animal shelter a couple days a week. She says she doesn't think she'll ever be able to step away from taking care of animals.

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