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Mississippi police plan to sell 'surplus' drug-sniffing dog

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A Mississippi police department wants to declare its drug-sniffing dog as "surplus" so it can be sold.

The Mississippi Press reports the Ocean Springs police officer who works with the dog is being called up for military duty.

Chief Mark Dunston says the 2 ½-year- old dog, Axel, would be better off going to a new handler. He says his department can't afford the $13,000 to $15,000 to train one of its officers for the role, and he doesn't want to spend money feeding the dog and keeping him as a pet while its current handler is away.

Dunston said he hopes to recoup some of the $9,000 his department paid for Axel, rather than simply giving the dog away to another department.

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