Fulton Co. animal control officer accused of impersonation

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.