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Cheyenne animal shelter decides against using pepper spray

September 28, 2018

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Cheyenne Animal Shelter officials have decided against an idea to arm shelter employees with pepper spray in response to a recent biting incident.

Instead board members have decided to rely on less-abrasive methods for personal protection and “special training” for employees on how to safely handle animals.

The pepper spray idea was proposed Shelter CEO Bob Fecht who said the idea could be lifesaving tool for an employee under attack by an aggressive animal.

Experts in animal care and control tell the Wyoming Eagle Tribune that the spray could potentially backfire on the employee and instead recommended the shelter focus on training in animal behavior and defensive handling instead.

In addition to trainings, shelter employees will be equipped citronella spray which officials say is safer and less abrasive.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com

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