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The mission of the Butte County Public Health Department (BCPHD) is to protect the public through promoting individual, community, and environmental health. 

Ryan Soulsby

Meet Ryan Soulsby, a Butte County Senior Animal Control Officer who has been with the County over 5 years. Ryan – “Cowboy” – has a long history of helping and working with a variety of animals, ranging from cattle and live stock production, to his own bearded dragon. He joined the County as a registered veterinary technician because he saw an opportunity to use his skills in an outreach capacity. Ryan says, “I knew I could be out in the field educating and helping prevent unfortunate visits to the vet.” His experience helps him towards protecting the community, reuniting pets with owners, and mitigating trauma for both. If you see Cowboy, know that he represents all animals, the public, and the County. We are glad you are here with us, Ryan!

Get to Know Ryan

Quote from Ryan SoulsbyCowboy (Ryan) is a Senior Animal Control Officer as part of the Public Health Department, here in Butte County. As a resident of Butte County, and a registered veterinary technician as well, Ryan represents the best of animal advocates. His unique position allows him the opportunity to help educate pet owners, and often prevent unfortunate visits to the vet. By sharing his knowledge he helps pets potentially live happy and healthy lives, and be returned home more easily in the event they become lost. When animals are licensed, they also have their current vaccinations – making them safe to approach if found lost and scared along the Butte County roadways. When Ryan approaches a lost pet with a collar and tag, and that license registration is current, he is better able to unite the pet and parent immediately – lessening the trauma to both. He suggests that when you move, remember to update your address for your pets’ licenses as well, so your pet can be brought to your new home easily if lost. Ryan knows the value of well cared-for pets as he and his wife have three dogs, four cats, a bearded dragon, and a red tale boa. A great workday for Ryan would include seeing the positive outcomes from a previous interaction, and helping educate someone about the related health benefits of pets who also interact with children. He enjoys his time away from work as well, particularly the Feather River, the local wildlife and ecosystem, fishing for salmon on the Sacramento River, and when there is snow in Magalia. Ryan’s position helps him protect and promote safety of the public and animals in his capacity as a Senior Animal Control Officer, so you may see him in his cowboy hat sometime doing just that.

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Oroville, CA 95965

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Public Health Department

202 Mira Loma Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

Report a Health Emergency
24-Hour Line: 530.552.4000

Danette York, M.P.H., Director
Andy Miller, M.D., Health Officer
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