Protect Dogs from Deadly First Response Shootings

Target: Colorado state legislators

Goal: Reduce the number of non-threatening family dogs shot by law enforcement officers.

New legislation has been introduced in Colorado in efforts to protect family dogs. In the past five years, local law enforcement officers in Colorado have shot and killed more than 30 non-threatening dogs. This is unacceptable. A law enforcement officer’s first response should not be violent. The new bill, known as the Dog Protection Act, will help to prevent or reduce the number of dogs shot by law enforcement officers. Urge Colorado state legislators to pass this bill.

Under the Dog Protection Act, state officials will create the Dog Protection Task Force. This task force will develop a law enforcement-training program on canine behavior. Law enforcement officers will be taught how to recognize canine visual and vocal displays to determine whether a dog is aggressive or non-aggressive. This will prevent officers from immediately assuming that a dog is hostile. The Dog Protection Task Force will also teach alternatives to the use of lethal force when law enforcement officers encounter dogs. Alternatives can include using different types of restraints, distractions, or tranquilizers.

Deadly force should be the last resort in dog-related encounters. Oftentimes, these family dogs are just scared, stressed, and misunderstood. The Dog Protection Act would require local law enforcement agencies in Colorado to adopt new policies and procedures for the use of lethal and non-lethal force against dogs. With the implementation of these new measures, dog owners will have the opportunity to control their pets. Sign the petition below to urge Colorado state legislators to pass this humane bill.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Legislators,

A new bill has been proposed to protect non-threatening family dogs from lethal force by law enforcement officers. I would like to encourage you to support this bill. In the past five years, local law enforcement officers in Colorado have shot and killed more than 30 non-threatening dogs. This is tragic and heartbreaking for the families who have raised family dogs. The proposed bill, known as the Dog Protection Act, will create a plan to educate law enforcement officers on canine behavior. The training program will teach officers how to recognize canine visual and vocal displays, as well as alternatives to the use of lethal force.

A law enforcement officer’s first response should not be violent in these types of encounters. Dog owners should have the opportunity to control their pets and deadly force should be the last resort. Oftentimes, these dogs are just scared or stressed. The Dog Protection Act will save many dog lives and also prevent many dog owners from wrongfully losing a family pet. Please support and sign this bill.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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