Animal control officer to receive tranquilizer training


STANDISH — Beginning Sept. 30, Arenac County Animal Control Officer Catherine Lemunyon will train on the basic and procedural use of a tranquilizer gun.

Section 333.7333 article (14)(c) of Michigan Common Law states that “an employee of the animal control shelter has received, and can document completion of, a minimum of 16 hours of training, including at least 3 hours of practical training, in the use of animal tranquilizers on animals.”

Lemunyon will receive her training by the Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers. The training program, which is located in Lansing, will run over the course of three days.

Even though Lemunyon says Arenac County doesn’t currently have any real problems in the area, the program is an effort to improve the state level of animal control. She will only carry the tranquilizer gun in situations that require it.

The Arenac County Board of Commissioners approved the approximate $500 training for Lemunyon at a board meeting on Sept. 9. Funds for the course will be provided out of the county training fund.


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