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Animal Control officers join Sheriff's Office ahead of change

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office has gone to the dogs. Kind of.

The Sheriff's Office takes over Animal Control Services tomorrow.

The current animal control officers were sworn in as part of the Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office says because deputies have more authority, the change will mean even better services.

"The Animal Services Unit is in an enforcement situation with the animals, so falling underneath the Sheriff's Office, with our chain of command and our protocol for doing things, I believe that will be a better fit," Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer said.

The Sheriff's Office says the decision was not made because of problems within animal control, but simply to help make the organization more effective.

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