Fulton Co. animal control officer accused of impersonation

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An animal control officer in Fulton County is accused of pretending to be someone from the sheriff’s office.

Police say Joseph Passino showed a badge and identified himself as a member of the sheriff’s office while trying to talk to a homeowner in the town of Perth. He’s never been employed by the sheriff’s office.

This isn’t Passino’s first run in with the law. The 62-year-old was charged with reckless endangerment last April, accused of firing a weapon near a church and a school.

He claimed one of the dogs became aggressive, so he fired his personal weapon, striking the dog in the snout.