Today, at the National Animal Care and Control Association’s annual training conference, Ann Graves, Seattle Animal Shelter’s acting director and manager of field services, was named the 2016 Outstanding Animal Care and Control Employee of the Year! According to NACA, Ann’s nomination was considered along with other employees from across the United States, and she was selected as the employee that met the highest standards for an animal care and control employee. Ann is directly responsible for coordinating a number of sting operations that resulted in the seizure of animals in squalid conditions, the arrest and guilty plea of a fugitive charged in dog fighting, and Class C felony charges of animal fighting against an individual found with multiple roosters in his back yard (trial pending). Ann’s work protecting the public from fractious animals and irresponsible owners has received many compliments over the years. Ann is incredibly deserving of this recognition and we are proud to call her our own.