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Albany County Sheriff's Office hold training to handle sick or injured animals

ALBANY, NY (WRGB) The Albany County Sheriff's Office is holding an initiative to help local law enforcement deal with a situation that may involve a sick or injured animal.

On Tuesday, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM law enforcement was invited to attend the conference to develop protocols and training for law enforcement on how to handle a sick animal.

The Sheriff's Office say the initiative comes following public outcry after officers from the Coeymans Police were seen on video, using patrol cars to run over a raccoon that was reported to be sick.

That animal, according to the DEC was later determined to be rabid.

“Many times, agencies may not be aware of all the resources that are available to them, so I believe it is important that we put something together so that everyone knows the resources that we have available in Albany County” said Sheriff Apple.

MORE: DA finds criminal charges not appropriate for officers seen killing raccoon on viral video

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