Colorado SB226 would require training for dog encounters for law enforcement

A bill has been proposed in the Colorado legislature that would prevent or reduce the number of dogs shot by law enforcement officers.

SB226 would require local law enforcement agencies to:

Develop training programs to prepare local law enforcement officers for encounters with dogs in the line of duty. The training must emphasize how to recognize common dog behaviors and how to employ nonlethal methods to control or respond to dogs; and

Adopt policies and procedures setting forth the appropriate ways to handle dog encounters, including policies and procedures that allow dog owners to remove or control their dogs whenever circumstances warrant.

The also bill creates a dog protection task force to set minimum standards for qualified animal behavior experts or licensed veterinarians who provide the required training to local law enforcement officers, to develop minimum training curricula to be used by local law enforcement agencies, and to develop web- or video-based training that may be used by local law enforcement agencies.

SB226 has been forwarded to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and a hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.

COLORADO RESIDENTS: Please reach out to the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, as well as the legislators for your district, and ask them to support this bill which will benefit the safety and welfare of citizens and animals in Colorado.


To find the legislators for your district, please click here.


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