Skip to comments.Police Training For Dog Encounters Becomes Law
Posted on 05/23/2013 8:33:03 AM PDT by Altariel
DENVER (AP) Colorado dogs were probably one of the biggest winners of the legislative session that just concluded.
On the day that shelter dogs and cats were designated the official state pet, Gov. John Hickenlooper also signed a bill into law Monday that requires new training for Colorado law enforcement on how to safely handle dog encounters in the line of duty.
Law enforcement offered guidance on the bill, which has exemptions for officers to exercise discretion during calls and take into account their safety and the safety of others when dealing with dogs. Sheriffs deputies assigned to courts or jails are also exempted from the training, as are code enforcement officers.
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Colorado is overtaking California in becoming “La-La Land”.
George Graham Vest (1830-1904) served as U.S. Senator from Missouri from 1879 to 1903 and became one of the leading orators and debaters of his time. This delightful speech is from an earlier period in his life when he practiced law in a small Missouri town. It was given in court while representing a man who sued another for the killing of his dog. During the trial, Vest ignored the testimony, and when his turn came to present a summation to the jury, he made the following speech and won the case.
Gentlemen of the Jury: The best friend a man has in the world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it most. A mans reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us, may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads.
The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog. A mans dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his masters side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer. He will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings, and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.
If fortune drives the master forth, an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him, to guard him against danger, to fight against his enemies. And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes his master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by the graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad, but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even in death.
George Graham Vest - c. 1855
Yep, that’s a great oration. Thanks. :)
Of interest to the doggie ping list
Ahh, the old “hide under the sheets and fire when you see the whites of their eyes-—or see the family cat” trick.
“Police Training For Dog Encounters”
also known as “target practice”
This would be just a laugh line ... if it weren't a wonderful example of how well things go when you're the state's responsibiity.
I don’t think this is a bad idea.
There are too many incident of storm-trooped paramilitary cops breakiing into houses - often the WRONG house and blasting away people’s pet dogs and sometimes even innocent civilians.
Cops are getting dangerously out of control with a “them” versus “us” attitude.
I think we were far better off - and a lot RICHER - when we had a deputy, a marshall, a citizen’s militia and a posse than a paid “professional” police force.
Hey, it's politicians actually addressing this epidemic! This should be applauded and copied. Criticizing anything any cop does is verboten for Republicans and Democrats. You know very well the ignorant crap these people will get from opponents ("You value dogs more than police officers!"). This was a brave first (I hope) step.
Dog Training for Police Encounters