Benzie County Animal Control Officer Remembered for Love of Animals, Job

A beloved animal control officer being remembered throughout Benzie County.

Ed Carter worked with the Benzie County Animal Control for nearly a decade.

He died Friday after a brief battle with cancer.

A love for animals and a passion for the job is the best way you could describe Ed Carter.

That passion and love was on full display for the nearly 9 years he gave to the Benzie County Animal Control.

“There’s a lot of people that sometimes will take the job and just do it for a job, where he had the passion and love for the animals, and that’s huge in that position, to be able to care for the animals and understand situations they find themselves in,” said Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel.

Ed passed away just one day before a benefit was scheduled to help him and his family. The benefit went on as planned. A testimate to how many lives Ed touched throughout Benzie County and beyond.

“The public really loved him, really liked working with him. I worked with him on a couple occasions or went to calls that he was at and he was just an overall nice guy. He was one of those guys who would give you the shirt off his back if he could,” said Schendel.

Ed was a Marine veteran. His co-workers say he especially loved working with dogs and it didn’t matter where they went in Benzie County, it seemed like everyone knew Ed.

“He tended to recognize everybody he had interaction with and so it made the job easier. It was nice for him to be able to interact with people the way he did. It’s going to be hard to fill his spot, but he’s going to be missed throughout the county that’s for sure,” said Kyle Maurer, the Department Head of Benzie County Animal Control.

Funeral arrangements are still being finalized.

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