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El Paso inmates to work at Animal Services facility due to staff shortages

El Paso Animal Services (credit: KFOX14/CBS4)
El Paso Animal Services (credit: KFOX14/CBS4)
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Due to staffing shortages at the City of El Paso’s Animal Services facility, as well as an over-abundance of dogs and cats, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will be providing inmates to work in the facility.

These inmates will assist with duties such as cleaning animal housing units, feeding, walking, and bathing the animals.

The inmates will be trustees who are low risk and currently in the county jail for nonviolent misdemeanor offenses.

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The inmates will be escorted and supervised by Sheriff’s Office Detention Officers.

Sheriff Richard Wiles and Mayor Oscar Leeser will hold a press conference at a later date announced on the new program.

Additionally, it is clear that during the pandemic, the El Paso community has seen a drastic increase of dogs and cats roaming the streets, being “dumped” by their caretakers, and/or being turned into Animal Control Officials.

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