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Genesee County exploring guns for animal control officers

June 5, 2019

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The head of animal control in the Flint area wants his officers to carry guns.

The Flint Journal says Genesee County commissioners agreed to form a subcommittee to explore the possibility. Animal Control director Paul Wallace says it would cost $13,000 to provide guns, ammunition, training and accessories.

Wallace says the five officers have been threatened with a gun while responding to calls. He says, “I wouldn’t do that job unarmed.”

Wallace says dog owners sometimes carry weapons to protect their illegal activity. The officers enforce license laws and investigate animal cruelty.

A county commissioner, Bryant Nolden, says there will be more discussions about arming officers.

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Information from: The Flint Journal, http://www.mlive.com/flint

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