BALLINGER –Ballinger Animal Control has a new face and a renewed purpose – to promote pet adoptions from the city's animal shelter.

BALLINGER –Ballinger Animal Control has a new face and a renewed purpose – to promote pet adoptions from the city’s animal shelter.

In April, the city officially welcomed Julie Parsons as the city’s new animal control officer.

“She’s doing an excellent job,” said Ballinger Police Chief Stan Maresch.

Parsons brings 15 years of animal control experience to the job, having worked with animals in a variety of settings, including animal shelters in San Angelo and Williamson County and in veterinarian hospitals as well.

“I have been around animals my entire life,” Parsons said.

Parsons is a certified animal control officer and is trying to help get pets that have been picked up, the possibility for a new home.

As of Monday, the Ballinger Animal Shelter was housing seven stray dogs, most pit bulls or pit mixes. Two of the strays were picked up Monday, and city ordinance requires that the city hold the dogs for five days in an attempt to find the owner. She always posts photos of animals on the Ballinger Police Department’s Facebook page.

Once the dogs are eligible for adoption, she posts that information as well. All that would-be pet owners are required to do is spay and/or neuter the dog and get the required shots.

The Ballinger Animal Shelter is located on Highway 83 across from the city yard.

Parsons said if residents see a stray dog or want to go to the animal shelter to adopt a pet call dispatch at 325-365-3591 and leave a name and number.

Parsons is on duty from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.