Legislation & Lobbying
‘Don’t Shoot My Dog’ bill moves forward, would require more police training
Posted Apr 4, 2013 10:29 AM CDT
By Martha Neil
Seeking to strike a balance between legitimate law enforcement and the desire to protect pets from unnecessary shootings, two Colorado lawmakers have introduced a bill that is moving forward in the state senate.
The bipartisan so-called "Don't Shoot My Dog" bill would require law enforcement agencies to train officers about dealing with dogs, reports the Denver Post. Sponsored by state Sens. Lucia Guzman, D-Denver, and David Balmer, R-Centennial, it was approved by the senate judiciary committee recently and now will be considered by the full senate.
An earlier Denver Post article provides more details about the bill.
A number of lawsuits have been pursued, in Colorado and elsewhere, about such shootings in recent years, as other ABAJournal.com posts have detailed: