Police training for dog encounters becoming law in Colorado

DENVER - Colorado law enforcement officers are now required to take three hours of online training on how to recognize dog behaviors and employ nonlethal methods to control the animals.

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the bill into law Monday at the Denver animal shelter.

Legislators introduced the proposal because of high-profile cases of questionable dog shootings during the last few years. During debate on the bill, lawmakers said 37 dogs have been shot by police officers in Colorado over the last five years.

Law enforcement offered guidance on the bill, which has exemptions for officers to exercise discretion during calls and take into account their safety and the safety of others when dealing with dogs.

Hickenlooper said the idea is to keep officers and animals safe.

Read the bill: http://goo.gl/YIyKv