Colorado Dog Protection Act passed

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Im just a little- guy
Barked: Mon May 13, '13 8:51pm PST 
Now for some good news for Colorado at least.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/13/colorado-dog-prot ection-act-animal-shootings_n_3269117.html

Colorado just passed a new law that requires police departments to provide 3 hour online courses in dog behavior and non lethal control methods to police officers. It also directs authorities to give people the option to remove or control their dogs during non violent calls.

Good step in the right direction IMO. Maybe other states will follow. Unfortunately in the state of Colorado there have been some unnecessary dog killings by police officers. I saw one of the videos and it was sick. The people of Colorado pushed for this and it passed largely unopposed. Yay! applause

What'd you say?- I wasn't- listening.
Barked: Fri May 17, '13 5:29pm PST 
That's awesome! I hope all states require their officers to watch the same videos. It definitely is a shame about how many dogs are killed by officers; especially the dogs that are overly excited and killed by officers misinterpreting it.

It ain't over- till the fat- kitty sings
Barked: Sat May 18, '13 3:52pm PST 
Wish they would make it required for the whole New York/metro area, if it changes even a few officers minds it's worth it...around here dogs at crime scenes don't have a prayer...

Member Since
Barked: Wed Jul 24, '13 6:35am PST 
Colorado Dog Protection Act supporters are trying to get Colorado law enforcement departments to take proactive positions and not wait for the DPA training deadline before they train officers in non-lethal methods of handling dog encounters as soon as possible.

http://www.timescall.com/news/longmont-local-news/ci_23717945/lo ngmont-man-pushes-local-law-enforcement-get-jump

There have been a few more Colorado cases of cop on dog shootings AFTER Governor Hickenlooper signed the DPA - dogs Mongo and Sara. Also, in connection with the January 2013 case of Colorado dog, Ziggy, the Adams County Sheriff has still NOT PROVIDED INFO ON HIS INVESTIGATION IN THAT CASE - Jeffrey Justice is pushing to find out if the investigation was done and what the findings were.

Mongo (5-5-2013 Dacona, Colorado)
http://kdvr.com/2013/05/06/police-shoot-service-dog-neighbors-say- they-didnt-need-to-do-it/#ooid=B0ZnVmYjp41GGcBN5o4JItgk-U-ZOqxS
htt p://www.ohmidog.com/2013/05/09/marines-support-dog-shot-by-police/

Sara (6-18-13 Thornton, Colorado)
http://www.change.org/petitions/thornton-colorado-police- department-officer-chris-brown-get-justice-for-sara-my-family-pet-st op-using-guns-on-domestic-animals

Justice for Ziggy - shot by Adams County Colorado deputy

"Are You Going- to Eat That?"
Barked: Sat Jul 27, '13 12:32pm PST 
SO glad to read this!

It seems epidemic..these cases of Cops shooting dogs without consequence or even a scolding.

Not every dog poses a threat, and some of the Officers are just way too quick to shoot them.

The case where cops raided the WRONG house and shot someone's dog just broke my heart.

In another case, cops had shot a dog, and failed to alert animal control, so rather than the dog being taken for vet care, he was left to bleed to death. SO wrong!

The dog was no threat, clearly..and the Cops had the moral obligation-if not legal..to get some help for the poor thing.

And they didn't.

Imagine the anguish of the owner..