ANIMAL-CONTROL RESERVE CLASS TO GRADUATE ON SEPT. 22

ANIMAL-CONTROL RESERVE CLASS TO GRADUATE ON SEPT. 22

Doña Ana County’s first-ever animal-control reservists will graduate from a month of training classes during a Sept. 22 ceremony at the Doña Ana County Government Center.

The certified animal-control officers of the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department will use the reservists to ride with officers, help process paperwork in the office and participate in educational programs in the schools.

“These reservists will play an active role in the improvement of animal welfare in Doña Ana County,” said Doña Ana County Sheriff Todd Garrison. “From this point forward, we plan to create and sustain a program in which volunteers will be critical components of Doña Ana County’s overall animal-control strategy.”

Each reservist completed multiple hours of training and rode alongside a certified animal-control officer during the course of a normal shift. Program participants are asked to donate at least eight hours each month to the program. Each reservist has been fingerprinted and has successfully passed a comprehensive background check.

The graduation ceremony will be held at the Doña Ana County Government Center at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 in the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Training Room.

The public is invited to attend, but RSVPs are requested at (505) 647-1477 to ensure adequate seating. The graduation ceremony will include guest speakers and refreshments.

The graduates of the first Doña Ana County Animal-Control Reserve Academy are Susan Alderman, Barbara D. Ayoub, Frank D. Bryce, Bob Hearn, Thomas Hoeksema, Peggy Mirimanian, Elaine Ann Kaufman, Timothy Lewis and Marlyn Zahler.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 525-5801.