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Gabriel Christus
Ron and Melanie Leatherwood sit with their dog Bo on their front porch in Idaho Springs. The Leatherwoods own and operate L&L Plumbing.
Labor of love: Unheralded workers form the core of Clear Creek community

If a dog is barking or a horse goes on the lam, folks call Jeromie Morgan, one of two animal control officers in Clear Creek County.

In fact, Morgan spends quite a bit of his work time looking for pet owners. If a dog is running loose, animal control officers will respond right away and try to find the owner, Morgan said. If a dog is barking, he also follows up with the owner, who oftentimes professes ignorance.

“Those are the easy ones. (Owners say they) aren’t aware that the dogs are barking when they’re not home,” Morgan said.