Christina Sutherin never really knows what she’s in for when she reports to work at 7 a.m. The officer with the Savannah-Chatham police department’s Animal Control division could get called right away to a loose dog complaint in Bloomingdale.
Or her next call could be in Savannah.
Or Port Wentworth.
Or Garden City.
Or somewhere in unincorporated Chatham County.
As one of only five civilian officers assigned to a unit that patrols every Chatham County municipality minus Tybee Island — and one of only two on the streets each weekday — she has her work cut out for her.
“A lot of it is just trying to get there and trying to remember that when you’re out there you’ve got to focus on that call and not the 17 others that you know that you have to handle,” Sutherin said. “Each of those is a priority for us, but we have to handle them from a public safety standpoint at this point in time. Aggressive, injured animals and things that pose a public safety threat are going to come first, and some days that’s all you can get to.”