- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas city has stripped animal-control duties from the police department after an officer fatally shot a pig in a residential area.

The Pine Bluff City Council voted Monday to move animal-control work back to the city’s animal control department. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/28KGWzz ) that the officer was responding to a report of wild hogs last month when he shot the animal from his vehicle.

A resident told city council members that the pig was a pet, but the animal did not have an identification tag.

Mayor Debe Hollingsworth defended the officer’s actions, saying that feral hogs can often carry rabies and parasites, making them dangerous to handle.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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