Dog protection measure approved in Colo. Senate

DENVER — Colorado’s Senate has approved a dog-protection measure to require new training for law enforcement on how to handle canine encounters in the line of duty

The bill appears to be the first of its kind in the nation. It was inspired by high-profile cases of questionable pet killings by Colorado officers.

The measure requires sheriff and police departments to offer three hours of online training for deputies and officers on how to recognize dog behaviors and employ nonlethal methods to control them. The proposal won initial approval Monday on an unrecorded voice vote in the state Senate. One more vote is required before the measure heads to the House.

Democrats and Republicans have co-sponsored the bill.


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