Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Animal Shelter Just Needs Officer.(Mountain View)

Byline: Carolyn Carlson Journal Staff Writer

The new regional animal shelter will be ready for business just as soon as a new county animal control officer is hired.

On Monday, Torrance County Manager Bob Ayre said the application deadline was last Friday and the county received several promising applicants for the job.

"We got some good ones," Ayre said. "I am not sure how long it will take to get someone on board."

Julia Nellist, was hired as a full-time animal control officer in March when former animal control officer Richard Ledbetter accepted a transfer to the county's planning and zoning department. Ledbetter is the focus of a grand jury investigation into animal cruelty charges against the county and county officials. …

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