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City Appoints New Superintendent of Animal Control Services Division

The City of Norco is proud to announce that Melvin Sparks III, a veteran animal control specialist, has been appointed Superintendent of Norco Animal Control Services, replacing Frank Scagnamiglio, who recently retired after more than 30 years of service. Superintendent Sparks is known in the community and among fellow staff members as a consummate professional committed to making a positive impact.

Superintendent Sparks has been in the animal control field since 2004, starting out at the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control facility in Carson as a full-time Kennel Aide. During his four-year tenure in Los Angeles County, he acquired a wide range of skills and began training other kennel staff while also taking on Animal Control Officer-related responsibilities in the field. In 2008, Superintendent Sparks left Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control to accept a position with the Redondo Beach Police Department as a Municipal Services Officer, where he worked for five years.

In 2013, Superintendent Sparks was hired by the City of Norco as Senior Animal Control Officer and immediately embraced the animal-loving community. When his mentor, Superintendent Scagnamiglio, retired last December, Superintendent Sparks was appointed Interim Superintendent and ultimately promoted to Superintendent of Animal Control Services on January 27, 2020.

“I enjoy working in Norco because it’s a community that places a high priority on animal welfare, and the support from residents is very rewarding,” reports Superintendent Sparks. “I look forward to further improving the Animal Shelter and our services for residents and visitors.”

The City of Norco Animal Control Services Division is responsible for enforcing animal-related ordinances, ensuring rabies control, providing dog licensing, facilitating the Norco Animal Rescue Team (NART) and reuniting all found pets with their owners as quickly as possible. If your pet is lost, please call the Animal Shelter immediately at (951) 737-8972. To view animals available for adoption at the Animal Shelter, please visit

The Norco Animal Shelter is open on Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Animal Shelter is closed on Sunday, Monday and Friday, and most major holidays. For after-hours emergency assistance, call (951) 371-1143.