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Ferris hires new animal control officer

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FERRIS - Animals are formally being put on alert - there is a new animal control officer in town.

Sara Black, 22, began serving as the city's newest animal control officer Friday, Dec. 8.

Chosen out of 20 applicants she was the one with the most experience and knew the Ferris area after volunteering with the former nonprofit rescue group based in Ferris, Animal Rescue Friends.

Black said she originally planned to become a veterinarian after enrolling in Texas A & M University at Commerce, but later changed her mind to become a vet tech because they had more interaction with animals.

'After working in a couple of vet clinics the techs do a lot more hands on stuff than vets,' Black said.

In 18 months she was scheduled to earn her vet tech degree from Cedar Valley's veterinarian program.

Ferris City Manager Gus Pappas said it would not be a problem to work around her classroom schedule.

'She will have to float some because we want her here in the evenings and weekends,' he said.

Police Chief R. C. Nettles said Black would begin responding to calls this week since the Animal Control truck was now out of the repair shop.

He said the city used the downtime between animal control officers to get minor maintenance work done on the Dodge pickup. For the last year to two years the rescue group ARF had been serving as the city's animal control officers, but could not renew the contract after two volunteers became seriously ill.

A third ARF volunteer said the animal control duties were conflicting with his full-time job.

ARF members were not paid for their service to the city.

Black would be paid a salary of $27,643.20 annually.

Black said she was excited to work with Ferris' animal population.

'I'm going to try to do a good job and cut down on the feral cat problem we seem to be having,' she said.

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