Federal grant to help deputies respond to calls involving animals

A new $16,000 trailer and specialized training paid for by a grant will help Lee County sheriff's deputies respond to situations with large animals in Lee, Hendry, Collier, Charlotte, Desoto, Sarasota, Highlands and Glades counties.

The Department of Homeland Security grant brings together the Sheriff's Office with the Florida Division of Agriculture/Consumer Services and the Regional Domestic Security Task Force No. 6.

Members of the Sheriff's Office agricultural unit will go through Regional Large Animal Technical Rescue Training to prepare. Officials said the equipped trailer would allow them to respond to a situation like assisting an owner of cows or horses whose trailer has tipped over.

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