DeSoto County's revised animal control ordinance makes stunning debut


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HERNANDO, Mississippi — DeSoto County animal control officers can now use stun guns to deal with ornery animals.

The board of supervisors gave final approval to a revised animal control ordinance Tuesday.

The Commercial Appeal reports ( ) that the ordinance doesn't list firearms or any specific weapons for officers. It says they may carry such weapons "as are approved by the Board of Supervisors which are reasonably necessary" to fulfill obligations.

Supervisor Bill Russell of Walls says the board had intended to let the officers carry weapons for self-protection.

He said the officers told the board they were fine with the stun guns.

Russell says the board could consider firearms later if there was a need.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal,

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