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Monroe Animal Control Officer Update

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OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Stray dogs running wild, and the City of Monroe has no immediate answer to keep the animals from killing again.

Last week a number of dogs attacked at the zoo, killing goats.

Some of the dogs were caught, but parish animal control took care of the job, even though the zoo is inside city limits.

Ouachita Parish animal control answers as many calls as it can. Director Hack Tull says after the City of Monroe suspended its animal control, he's been busier than ever.

Tull says, "since they have no animal control people think we should have to do it, but we don't have the manpower we don't have the money for it."

The parish has three animal control officers.

Tull says, "they average 3 to 4 calls in the morning and 3 to 4 calls in the evening."

With the number of calls increasing almost daily, we asked how much longer it will be before Monroe has an animal control officer.

Monroe Police Department, Sgt. Charles Roark says, "the job description for animal welfare officer has been completed and is in the process of being signed off on by city hall."

Sgt. Roark says it took a while to write the policy because the officer will have to deal with more than just dogs and cats.

He says, "we have to consider everything, we have to consider livestock because we have livestock shows that take place at the civic center, if live stock escapes and gets on the interstate that poses a huge threat to motorist."

Roark says they have worked with state and local organizations to see what changes should be made.

One of the biggest changes, training.

Roark says, "we're going to require that this officer attend and pass certain training...there will be more documenting of what the officer is doing on a day to day basis, how many dogs he's picked up and where they went."

In the interim, Tull says parish animal control is helping in the City of Monroe; but wants to remind city residents to call the Monroe Police Department first, if the officer needs assistance parish animal control will be called in.

Roark hopes to post the city job internally in the next few days, then after ten days, it will be advertised publicly.

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