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									                                    EL DORADO COUNTY
                              PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT
                                   Healthy People Living in Healthy Communities in El Dorado County
                              _________________________________________________________________
                              GAYLE ERBE -HAMLIN, M.P.A., DIRECTOR   STEPHEN DROGIN, M.D., HEALTH OFFICER




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 28, 2003
Contact: Gayle Erbe-Hamlin, Director
Phone: (530) 621-6191


                 Chief Animal Control Officer Appointed
       The El Dorado County Public Health Department is pleased to announce the

appointment of Henry Brzezinski to the position of Chief Animal Control Officer.

Brzezinski will oversee operations of the county’s Animal Control Division, including its

shelters in Placerville and South Lake Tahoe. His appointment began on January 21.

       Brzezinski brings with him 20 years of experience in the animal care and control

field. As the Executive Director and an investigator for the Humane Society of the

Midlands, South Carolina, Brzezinski provided training, assistance and advice to nearly

100 animal shelters and agencies throughout the state, including government and non-

profit organizations. He spearheaded numerous legislative changes to protect animals from

neglect, abuse and cruelty, receiving a recognition award from South Carolina’s governor

in 2001 for his commitment to animal welfare.

       While in South Carolina Brzezinski helped several communities establish SPCA’s

and enacted measures for dealing with high pet populations and dangerous animals. He

also assisted counties with ordinances related to animal care and control. Brzezinski

trained shelter staff and law enforcement officers on ways to handle dog fighting and was

successful in passing a state law that banned dog fighting. He was a field investigator for

the Humane Society of the United States in the Mid-Atlantic region where he provided
support to shelters in a four-state area. Most recently he served as the Executive Director

of the Santa Cruz SPCA, overseeing operation of the shelter and providing animal control

for the county and city.

       Originally from New York, Brzezinski states that he decided to make the move to

El Dorado County because of its rural atmosphere. He is also interested in contributing to

the county’s future plans for building new animal care and control facilities. “I believe that

I’m joining El Dorado County at a great time, and I’m committed to making a positive

contribution for the people and pets of our communities,” said Brzezinski.

       Brzezinski’s commitment to animal welfare has been strong throughout his career.

He has been a member of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators for the past six

years and was a founding board member of the South Carolina Animal Control

Association. He attended the University of South Carolina where he majored in Biology.

Brzezinski can be reached at the Animal Control office in Placerville by calling (530) 621-

5795 or via his email address at hbrzezinski@co.el-dorado.ca.us. For online information

about El Dorado County Animal Control programs, services and hours of operation visit

www.co.el-dorado.ca.us/publichealth.




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