Harold Renfro is DeSoto Parish's new Animal Control Officer.
When Harold Renfro was a boy growing up, he was all about hunting and fishing, even trapping along the banks of Lake Sam Rayburn. At age 12, he was hired by neighbors to trap animals that threatened their livestock, poultry and fruit trees. At 16, he funded his waterfowling addiction by trapping and selling raccoons and nutria to buy supplies.
He never quite got over his love for animals, and his early boyhood interest now affords him an income for his family. He was hired by the DeSoto Parish Police Jury to fill the position as the Jury’s first Animal Control Officer. He had the experience the Police Jury was looking for when they began their search for someone to take on animal control issues in DeSoto Parish.
First of all, he, along with his family, had operated a nuisance wildlife control business that served various towns and counties in East Texas as well as in west DeSoto Parish. In addition to his animal control experience, Renfro teaches Texas Hunters Education, Trappers Education, Nuisance Wildlife Control and Wildlife Education to schools and various organizations. The Police Jury was pleased to discover that Renfro had received training in Animal Cruelty, Zoonotic Diseases, Rabies Control, FEMA Disaster Relief, Livestock Investigations and all forms of trapping. He is a trained Animal Control Officer Technician in both Louisiana and Texas.
Since assuming his position with the Police Jury, Renfro has conducted Rabies Awareness meetings, provided consulting services to several communities in north and south Louisiana, and conducted tours of the T. B. Yopp Animal Control facility.
His services became very important in the Stonewall area when reports came in of rabid skunks. And being the ‘animal pick up guy’, he’s the man who responds when residents in this area find a stray dog or cat and want them picked up.
Renfro will provide educational presentations to groups throughout DeSoto Parish, or offer any guidance to residents where there are problems with wild or domestic stray animals. He can be reached at (318) 872-2900.
-- By Edna Wheeless