Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bill Meant to Curtail Deadly Police Shootings of Dogs Heads to Texas Governor's Desk

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bill Meant to Curtail Deadly Police Shootings of Dogs Heads to Texas Governor's Desk

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AUSTIN, Texas - For the first time in three years, Cindy Boling of Fort Worth can sleep well.

She's not going to bed fretting about what needs to be done the next day; she's not waking up in the morning feeling sick to her stomach.

"I found peace," said Ms. Boling, who, along with her husband, Mark, were the focus of nationwide attention when their 5-year-old border collie-English setter mix was shot by a police officer on their property. "I'm waking up with something else on my mind and I'm thinking about something else."

That's because this month - three years after Lily was killed - the Texas Legislature passed a measure to require peace officers statewide to go through training that teaches them how to deal with canines they encounter on the job. The measure now is before Gov. Greg Abbott for consideration.

"After the shooting, when I was trying to see through the grief, I was thinking there had to be a reason a beautiful angel was taken," Ms. Boling said. "I kept thinking there had to be a purpose, a reason.

"This was the reason."

State lawmakers recently approved House Bill 593, which creates a comprehensive statewide training program for peace officers to learn how to deal with canine encounters on the job, to address a growing concern about law enforcement shootings of dogs.

The measure will require four hours of classroom training and practical training to learn how to understand canine behavior, anticipate unplanned encounters with canines and use humane tools in handling any encounters with canines.

"Currently, not all Texas peace officers receive training to prepare themselves for canine contact, though they will very likely be put in this type of situation many times throughout their career," said Rep. Nicole Collier, D-Fort Worth, one of several authors of the bill.

Many expect Mr. Abbott, who recently adopted a golden retriever named Pancake, to sign the bill into law. The governor's office declined to comment on specific legislation. …

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