VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO ASSIST WITH COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT TO ASSIST WITH COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL

The Animal Control Unit of the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department is seeking volunteers to serve as Animal Control Reserve Officers.

Upon completion of training, each volunteer will have the opportunity to 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.

Training will be conducted on four consecutive Saturdays, beginning Feb. 9, 2008, at the Doña Ana County Animal Control office at 2025 E. Griggs in Las Cruces. Each session is three hours long. The training includes a ride-along component with a certified animal-control officer. A graduation ceremony follows the training period.

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. Applications are available at the Munson Senior Center in Las Cruces, as well as at the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department offices in the Doña Ana County Government Center at 845 N. Motel Blvd.

For more information, 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.