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Rusk County commissioners talk burn bans, library, K-9s

Rusk County commissioners talk burn bans, library, K-9s
Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 8:56pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 8:59pm

Dogs, burn bans and library business dominated Tuesday’s meeting of the Rusk County Commissioners Court.

A good portion of the meeting was devoted to Pct. 3 Constable Tim Barton and a dog named Tig that he wants to use as a K-9 unit. Barton said he will personally pay for the expenses of procuring and providing for the dog; he just needed the court’s approval to use a dog in his duties.

After watching demonstrations involving Tig, Barton and Tig’s current owner and trainer, the court agreed to the request.

Tig — a Dutch Shepherd — is triple-trained for narcotics, bite work and tracking, Barton said. If Barton doesn’t get re-elected or otherwise doesn’t continue as a constable for the county, Tig would be returned to his current owner and probably eventually paired with another law enforcement officer.

Continue reading this story from KETK newspaper partner the Longview News-Journal here.

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