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FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) -- Davis County officials have voted to make the county's animal control services a free-standing department.
For the past four years Davis County Animal Care & Control has been a division of the county sheriff's office. But the merger led to an increase in costs partly because animal control officers received the same training and equipment as sheriff's deputies.
The Ogden Standard-Examiner says Davis County commissioners voted recently to rework the 2011 budget to separate the two entities. That is expected to better control costs and refocus the mission of animal control services.
With the change a sheriff's captain who has run animal service will go back to police work.
Commissioner Louenda Downs says a new animal services director will be hired.
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