Hundreds of Deputies Trained to NOT Shoot Dogs

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In San Antonio, Texas 450 sheriffs’ deputies are gathering up to train specifically in what to do when encountering an aggressive dog.  The training comes after much public outcry over police officers shooting dogs during raids and busts.

Sergeant Steve Amerson calls the training a refresher course.  It’s very similar to the training that the officers went through roughly four years ago.

“It’s a refresher, and it also seems like this is a hot topic. Officers involved shootings with canines is on the forefront,” said Sgt. Amerson.

This training will reinforce what they have already learned.  Also it gives officers some options when it comes to dogs, so there should be less shootings of innocent dogs.  Amerson said it’s all about reading the dog body language and personality.

“Officers are shown how read the character and personality of the dog.  If the officer has time, he can make a better decision.  Whether it’s worth it to go further into the path of where he’s going or should just walk back out,” he said.

The training will continue through August to get all 450 officers trained.  The 450 deputies, once fully trained, will leave the Bexar County Sheriffs’ Training Grounds and pass the information around to all of their fellow officers.  Once everyone is trained and ready to go, there should be far fewer tragic stories of dogs being needlessly shot and killed during a police operation.

0 thoughts on “Hundreds of Deputies Trained to NOT Shoot Dogs”

  1. Could save a cops life, I GUARANTEE if a cop shoots my dog, he is a dead POS, may take me weeks or years but that bastard will die.

  2. it’s about time. Grateful to my local PD for not shooting my dog when he broke out of the yard during the week before July 4. Some kids shooting fireworks, some ended up in yard while he was out and he tore through the fence and ran in a frenzy up/down street terrifying kids just due to his fear (did not attack anyone). Cops came and cornered him and were ready to shoot him when he saw an open door to police car and jumped in. Luckily I got home about 15 minutes later, found out what was going on and was able to retrieve him – still in the back of their car. He DID look dangerous and was acting unpredictable but as soon as I told the cops about the fireworks I found in the yard, and seeing how he had settled, they let me take him. I walked him up to the officers where they could pet him and saw he wasn’t a threat. It could have ended so badly, but thank God he had officers that weren’t trigger happy.
    BTW – I have a doggy door at my house, dogs can stay inside and are not just left out all day.


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