(DOGS/POLICE SHOOTINGS) Tragically, it’s estimated that a dog is shot every 98 minutes by law enforcement in the United States, causing trauma for both the family and police officer involved.

Despite the fact that dog bite numbers have decreased, incidents of police using lethal force against family pets are on the rise–from SWAT raids to simple calls and even visits to wrong addresses.

In fact, the U.S. Department of Justice estimates more than 10,000 pet dogs are killed by police officers every year.

Fortunately, a new bill is looking to reduce this number, and in turn, help protect dogs and law officers nationwide. The proposed Police-Canine Encounters Protection Act (AB 1199)– sponsored by Social Compassion In Legislation–would require mandatory police training to teach California officers how to quickly and safely respond to unexpected situations where dogs are involved (and often innocent victims), without using lethal force.

This invaluable training will provide police with the necessary tools to properly recognize and interpret a dog’s body language and behavior, so they can react accordingly while protecting themselves and the lives of beloved canine family members in the process.

California is following in the footsteps of states like Texas, Wisconsin, and Colorado, who have already mandated similar training, effectively reducing dog shooting statistics.

While at least half of intentional police gun firings have involved animals, both law officers and dog lovers are demanding canine encounter training to reduce these tragic and avoidable pet deaths. However, this draft bill will not turn into law without your support!

Take Action! Send a support letter today to:

Continue reading below for more information on AB 1199, and how proactive training can help protect officers and keep family dogs safe. — Global Animal

Police in the Denver, Colorado area shooting nonaggressive dogs has prompted legislation regarding mandatory police training in other states. Photo Credit: magicvalley.com

Social Compassion In Legislation via PR Newswire

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif., Feb. 17, 2017 — Social Compassion In Legislation (SCIL), a leading California-based 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to finding solutions for the welfare, protection, and rights of animals, has sponsored a new bill AB 1199, referred to as the “Police-Canine Encounters Protection Act” authored by California Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian, 46th District.

Tragically, it is estimated that every ninety-eight minutes a dog is shot by law enforcement in the United States. This is a devastating situation for both the family and for the police officer involved.

“AB 1199 Police-Canine Encounters Protection Act will require mandatory in-service canine encounter training to California peace officers on how to both quickly and safely respond to unexpected situations when encountering a dog.  This invaluable training will give them the tools to protect themselves as well as the life of a treasured canine family member,” said Judie Mancuso, president of Social Compassion In Legislation.

Summer 2013, a Southern California police officer fatally shot and killed a dog in the City of Hawthorne, while arresting the dog’s guardian for obstruction of justice at a crime scene. Photo Credit: YouTube

The Police-Canine Encounters Protection Act training will include:

  • Understanding the behavior and body language of dogs
  • Tactical considerations and best practices during encounters involving dogs
  • Safe and appropriate use of non-lethal force in handling dog encounters
  • Supplementary training two years after the original training

“Police officers want this training and dog owners want this training, it’s a win-win for everyone,” stated Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian. “Police officers without proper training are too often stuck in a terrible lose-lose situation. We need to proactively train police officers to ensure that they feel safe, and our family dogs are safe.”

Encouraged by states such as Texas and Colorado, and other jurisdictions that have successfully mandated similar training, SCIL expects dog shooting statistics in California to reduce once the bill becomes law and training is implemented.  Here are some other important facts:

  • There are approximately 77.5 million owned dogs in the United States.
  • Dogs are likely to be encountered in thirty-nine percent of residential locations.
  • Facts show that the numbers of dog bites are down, but lethal force is still needlessly used when there are alternatives.
  • The killing or injuring of a dog also opens the officer and the department to lawsuits and other legal actions.
  • Lawsuits against law enforcement agencies are on the rise, awarding significant settlements to owners/guardians of killed dogs.
  • Information furnished by various California law enforcement agencies indicated that at least one-half of all intentional discharges of a firearm by an officer from involved animals.

“Both police officers and dog guardians have flooded social media in response to the continuing, but avoidable, tragic dog shootings.  The public has been demanding canine encounter training, and that time has come,” said Simone Reyes, Vice President, Social Compassion in Legislation.

More Social Compassion In Legislation via PR Newswire: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/state-assembly-member-adrin-nazarian-introduces-ab-1199-the-police-canine-encounters-protection-act-300409741.html

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Click here to read the read the bill’s text in full, and send your support letter to: [email protected][email protected]assembly.ca.gov & [email protected]

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