First person: Again with animals

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Eric Lucero is the new Animal Control Officer for the city of Clovis. Lucero previously worked with animal control from 1998-2004.

Eric Lucero began his second stint as an Animal Control Officer with the city of Clovis on Aug. 24. Lucero said he enjoys serving the community with his work.

Then and now: I worked here from 1998 to 2004. Then I worked in health care and in the restaurant business at Pizza Hut. I came back because it was a really good job. I heard there were a lot of changes made and boy I’ve seen a few changes and it’s been really great. I’ve seen the major change in the euthanasia from the carbon monoxide to injection. I think that’s a positive change.

Good, bad and the ugly: I like my job because I like doing public safety and serving the community. The worst part is dealing with some of the aggressive dogs you have to encounter every day. It can be hard dealing with them but we have pretty good teamwork here so if we need help we call for it and we get it right away.

Hometown boy: I was born and raised in Clovis. It’s a pretty good place to have a family. Every place has it’s crime but we’re not that bad. I have a wife and four kids. That’s enough. The oldest is 17 and the youngest is 2 so there’s a gap there. We like to play miniature golf together.

Four-legged friends: I have two pets. A chihuahua that doesn’t like me whatsoever. And a Manchester terrier that I rescued out of here. That is my big baby. She loves me, I have to hold her every night.

— Compiled by CNJ staff writer Liliana Castillo