Feb 28, 2013 9:25 AM by AP
MONROE, La. (AP) - The Monroe Police Department has three applicants for its vacant animal welfare officer positions, and Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo hopes two people can be hired soon.
The News-Star reports the city does not have an officer assigned to animal control detail.
Mayo said he hopes to hire two animal welfare officers from the pool of applicants.
Public outcry for an animal control officer reached a fever pitch after two recent attacks by stray dogs at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo that resulted in the deaths of some of the zoo's animals.
Police Chief Quentin Holmes said the lack of an animal welfare officer has been heavily criticized over the past several months. He called on those critics to submit an application for the position if they want to help.