(Main Photo) – A little boy’s pit bull named Eazy, was tragically shot and killed when police responded to the wrong house.
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 Assemblymember 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.
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