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Hey, that looks like good news. It's a start, anyway. The article says that "will require police and sheriff departments to provide online training courses for officers and deputies so they can learn to understand dog behaviors and recognize body language."

I wonder if there are any teeth in the bill, anything that requires officers to complete the course...or least gives them an incentive to do so.

And even if they watch, I wonder how effective it will really be. It can be very tough to read some dogs' body language.

At least it raises awareness, though, and that's awesome!! Good work, Colorado.
 

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I was really surprised it was CO. Every time I hear that name I think of Denver and just want to throw up.

It IS A start, and even if it's not perfect, it is better than nothing.
 

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I read that a few days ago and I think it should be passed everywhere. I don't even think it would be hard to pass. I read that when I was reading about the girl that had a GSD shot by police.
 

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This is great news until some police officer gets bit by a diseased dog and dies.

I'm sorry, I just hate how society is changing based on a few rare occasions because of mass media.

Regarding that video everyone was upset about. If the owner didn't suck, the dog wouldn't have attacked the police. No need to change legislation.
 

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If anyone actually watched the video- the entire thing- the officer maced the dog and attempted to grab the leash, the moronic sue happy owner (who has numerous suits against the city, and is know for antagonistic actions against the police) kept hollering, the dog goes after the officers arm, and the officer shoots.


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I don't believe the act is swapping responsibility from owner to emergency personnel. Obviously the owner is responsible for the training and care of the dog in a social scene. But having Leo's better understand k9 mentality is not a bad thing. I've seen officers scared sh*tless to approach our vehicle with a panting gsd in submissive state. I don't think an officer should shoot a large aggressive unarmed man resisting.. Should be the same for dogs. Also if shooting is required most pd's video stops so if it's justified video evidence wuld prevail.

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Please post a link of an officer shooting a dog while in a submissive state? Yes, I think education is always great, but this bill, in the manner it was portrayed, shoves all responsibility on the officer. How about making dog owners show proof that they have seen an educational video regarding dog behavior and how to properly restrain a dog?


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Lmao! Easy killer. Post a video of you in a submissive state! If you would like to read my my op again you will see I didn't say dogs were being shot while submissive. I said I have seen officers petrified of large dogs that were just chillin. Obviously there will be abusers of everything that is used to aid humans ie; dogs, guns, drugs etc. If you are using your dog to intimidate an officer I am sure the officer would have a heightened awareness of his/her fight or flight response. Most Leo's I know already know which decisions they will make based on cause and effect, but having less trigger happy Leo's that are ready to draw on any given movement of a large k9 is not a bad thing. How many chihuahuas or pomeranians are shot due to biting an officer or even moving towards them in an aggressive manor. The act of shoot first ask later is a basis of fear not confidence in a situation. I also stated that if shooting is necessary it most likely is supported by video evidence. I state my opinion and you attack me? Lmao. Seriously lmao. Unfortunately I guess differing opinions cannot be supported here? You should cut emotional ties before you post. I pack concealed daily and I have been in situations that if escalated I would be forced to use it for my protection and that goes for situations with human as well as dogs. I would shoot a dog way easier than a human. So in that point I agree with you. If necessary, fire away. But as a responsible gun owner, which most Leo's should be (considering we trust them to serve and protect the public) they should be trained how to handle k9 situations just as much as human situations. You should always use your weapon as a last resort, a life or death resort. Because that's what a weapon is.

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Shouldn't have to pass legislation indicating POs should not shoot dogs, in a fenced yard when serving petty warrant visits to the wrong address.

But...I guess society is changing and PDs refuse to take responsibility when their POs make big mistakes like shooting a therapy dog because they are at the wrong address....

After all it's *just* a dog so why should people get upset if it happens 2, 3, 4...5...10...13...25...times a year in a state or city. I mean the private sector you can make big mistakes like that 5, 6, 7 times and NEVER get fired either....right?


4th A should have covered most of the wrongful shootings.... operative word being 'should'.
 

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Shouldn't have to pass legislation indicating POs should not shoot dogs, in a fenced yard when serving petty warrant visits to the wrong address.

But...I guess society is changing and PDs refuse to take responsibility when their POs make big mistakes like shooting a therapy dog because they are at the wrong address....

After all it's *just* a dog so why should people get upset if it happens 2, 3, 4...5...10...13...25...times a year in a state or city. I mean the private sector you can make big mistakes like that 5, 6, 7 times and NEVER get fired either....right?


4th A should have covered most of the wrongful shootings.... operative word being 'should'.

^^^This X1000^^^

It's a start. But somehow I think trigger happy thug police will still blast dogs with no consequences.....
 

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Yup. Everyone makes mistakes, no one is saying ALL POs are doing this sort of thing intentionally or with malice. There are a lot of POs who do go out of their way to do the right thing.

However as long as the 'bad apples' are protected by their own, by their superiors and people who come up with bizarre Tu quoque arguments that only enable the bad apples.....it probably will continue apace.

Why things like this just can't be viewed as a problem that needs to be fixed in a proactive sort of way....is beyond me. Instead it becomes 'camps' against each other where "being" right is more important then anything else.


^^^This X1000^^^

It's a start. But somehow I think trigger happy thug police will still blast dogs with no consequences.....
 

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For those interested. (from the story) This is Brittany Moore and her GSD Ava that was executed by the police.....

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May 10, 2011 Brittany Moore called the police asking for help after getting threatening phone calls. What she got instead was her 4yr old German Shepherd gunned down and killed right in front of her.

DescriptionOn Tuesday night, May 10, 2011, Brittany Moore called The Town of Erie Police Department to report harassing telephone calls. What she recieved instead was her beautiful four-year-old German Shepard Dog, Ava, gunned down and killed by Officer Jamie Chester. This is Chester's second time shooting and killing a dog in his capacity as a police officer for The Town of Erie. Brittany Moore has disputed the Erie Police Department's account of the incident, claiming that Ava had turned away from Chester on command, officer Chester then shot Ava in the back.


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So being the internet determines the fate of everything that goes on in society... who did these threatening phone calls? do they even exist? There are far too many useless people out there purposely going against the police.
 

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So who did these threatening phone calls? do they even exist? There are far too many useless people out there purposely going against the police.
What are you trying to say? That Brittany called the Police to have her dog gunned down!? For what purpose?

The thing is what effect is a training course going to have on someone who really doesn't care.


Jaythethird Right on with that post. Some people are just really scared of dogs period especially big ones, people including some LEOs.

erfunhouse What? have you not heard about the 13 year old Cocker Spaniel.
 

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In all of my life, of all the police officers I have seen, and had to talk to, only one stands out in my memory as a dignified human being and a true police officer. A few months ago, while I was driving on a busy two way single lane street, a police car backed out fast out of a parking lot of a restaurant and crashed into the side of my car. He actually hit the passenger door and the speed with which he backed out, the impulse kept his car going into mine and my car was pushed into the oncoming lane. The police car was damaged at the rear, left corner and side. Mine was the passenger door and side. The front end of my car was well past the exit, I could not see him backing out because there were cars parked right up to the exit of the parking lot. He did not have any flashing lights on, neither siren.

When he came up to talk to me, I smelled alcohol on his breath. His friends arrived, took pictures, and took my statement. When we got the police report, he had reported that he had finished backing out and was ahead of me on the street and I had crashed into the rear of his car.

Luckily I had taken plenty of pictures with my iphone so I could forward them to the insurance companies. It was very evident who was at fault. But because I did not want what was so obviously his mistake on my report, we went to the police station with photos of the pictures I took to talk to the officer who filed the report on the accident, or his supervisor. Their attitude was belligerent, arrogant, dismissive. We showed them the photos and the response was 'this proves nothing'.

So, yes 99% of the police officers I have met ( and I have met quite a few) are little better than juvenile delinquents or worse in their ego. The only difference is they have more polish and guns.
 

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More importantly, what bothered me was that we had left our cars the way they were and when the police arrived, his car was still facing the driveway of the parking lot and partly in the driveway. It was quite a clear case.
 

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this is good news. It's a step.
 
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