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|Originally Posted: 10 Nov 2010|
Oakland Police Department Institutes Mandatory Training to Handle Animals
Thank the Oakland police department for instituting
mandatory training in handling dogs and wildlife.
Along with writing a thank-you note to the Oakland Police
Department, contact your local police department to find out
what your jurisdiction’s protocol is for handling dog and
Anthony W. Batts, Chief of Police
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
According to news sources, “Oakland police will undergo
mandatory training in handling dogs and wildlife beginning
November 2010, officials announced after two high-profile cases
in which officers shot a confused fawn and a barking yellow
“The training, provided free by the East Bay SPCA, will
include several hours of instruction on dog behavior, local
wildlife habits and alternatives to shooting animals. The
department's entire staff of 679 officers will be required to
undergo the training once a year.”
In addition, the training will “cover signs of animal abuse
and neglect, in hopes of increasing the number of those
prosecuted for mistreating animals….”
Oakland officers will also be trained in what to expect from
and how to handle wildlife to determine if the animal is a
With so many dogs being shot by police officers, NHES applauds Oakland’s decision.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!