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DeSoto animal ordinance goes into effect in June

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HERNANDO, Miss. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - A revised animal-control ordinance will allow DeSoto County animal-control officers to issue citations takes effect June 1.

Under the animal-control ordinance, the sheriff can have officers of DeSoto Animal Services sworn as deputies for the sole purpose of enforcing the code.

As to carrying firearms, Sheriff Bill Rasco says animal-control staff would be subject to "the same training and qualifications as any of our officers."

Supervisor Bill Russell of Walls says giving the animal-control officers citation power will speed things up on processing violations.

Board attorney Tony Nowak says matters such as chaining and numbers of animals owned are addressed under the ordinance's "adequate care" provisions.

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