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Saginaw County Animal Control officers can now carry weapons

Animal care and control officers in Saginaw County will soon be able to carry a gun. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

SAGINAW, Mich. - Animal care and control officers in Saginaw County will soon be able to carry a gun.

The county board of commissioners has voted in favor of letting animal control officers be armed.

Officers say this will help them to feel safer in certain situations, whether it's dealing with a large dog that attacks them or a civilian that has a weapon.

"A huge weight has been lifted off. I worry about the three officers that we have every day. They work alone with little or no protection, so this is a big step to make animal control officers professional, to require their training and to give them a sense of safety out there,” Lisa Stoffel of animal care and control.

The officers only have pepper spray which they say does not have much of an effect on some animals.

After going through the proper training they will soon be able to carry a baton, stun gun and firearm in Saginaw County.

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