SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT TO GRADUATE SEVEN NEW ANIMAL-CONTROL VOLUNTEERS

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT TO GRADUATE SEVEN NEW ANIMAL-CONTROL VOLUNTEERS

The Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Animal Control Reserve Association will graduate seven new volunteers at a 2 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, May 10, at the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department at 845 N. Motel Blvd., in Las Cruces.

The graduating class is made up of George Steven Bouvier, Carolyn Flora, Marsha L. Gard, Harvey A. Kapner, Sharon J. Luft, Beth Marr and Angela C. Segura. Doña Ana County Sheriff Todd Garrison will administer the oaths of office.

Following graduation, each volunteer will play an active role in the improvement of animal welfare in Doña Ana County. Volunteers are critical components of Doña Ana County’s animal-control strategy.

The graduates have completed several weeks of training, which included a ride-along component with a certified animal-control officer.

Program participants are required to donate at least eight hours each month to the volunteer program. Participation can include riding with an officer, working in the office or participating in educational programs in the schools.

Doña Ana County requires each applicant to be fingerprinted, undergo a background check and complete an application in advance of the classes.

For more information on the program, call Doña Ana County Animal Control Volunteer Coordinator Marlyn Zahler at (575) 647-1477.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.