10/13/2010

Calif. cops get mandatory dog, wildlife training

This comes after two high-profile cases in which officers shot a confused fawn and a barking yellow Labrador

By Carolyn Jones
The San Francisco Chronicle

OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland police will undergo mandatory training in handling dogs and wildlife beginning next month, officials announced after two high-profile cases in which officers shot a confused fawn and a barking yellow Labrador.

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.

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